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Have You Experienced Amazing Grace?

Leslie Basham: Last time on Revive Our Hearts, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth began to unpack the history of the much-loved hymn.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth: We talked yesterday about “Amazing Grace,” John Newton’s most famous hymn. It was first published in 1779, written in 1772 for a New Year’s Day service. We don’t know what tune the hymn was sung to in 1773, but it’s written in what poets call the common meter, so could fit with a lot of different melodies. Or, the congregation may have just recited it in unison.

The composers soon started adding music to go with the words. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this hymn was sung to twenty-some different melodies. Then in 1835, more than sixty years after “Amazing Grace” was written, it was joined with the popular folk tune that we most often sing today. It is now included in 1,000 or more …

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Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her … read more …