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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Amazing Grace (How Sweet the Sound)

Amazing Grace (How Sweet the Sound)

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Early Evangelicalism

John Newton

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This chapter presents Amazing Grace (How Sweet the Sound), a hymn composed by John Newton. Known for his preaching, Newton also devoted considerable time to writing hymns. His sermons often originated from the lyrics of his hymns. In 1767, Newton collaborated with his friend William Cowper for a collection of hymns that would eventually be published as Olney Hymns two years later. In “Faith's Review and Expectation,” also known as “Amazing Grace,” he expressed his overwhelming joy for divine grace. The hymn begins with a reference to 1 Chronicles 17:16-7, which describes King David's ecstatic response to the Prophet Nathan's announcement that God promised to establish an eternal kingdom from his line.

Keywords:   hymns, Amazing Grace, John Newton, William Cowper, Olney Hymns, divine grace, King David, Prophet Nathan, God, 1 Chronicles

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