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Have You Experienced Amazing Grace?

Dannah Gresh: Last time on Revive Our Hearts, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth began to unpack the history of the much-loved hymn, whichis now 250 years old.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth: We talked yesterday about “Amazing Grace,” John Newton’s most famous hymn. It was first published in 1779, written in 1773 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 …

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About the Teacher

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through two nationally syndicated radio programs heard each day—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him. Her books have sold more than five million copies. Through her writing, podcasts, … read more …

About the Host

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh is the co-host of Revive Our Hearts podcast and the founder of True Girl, a ministry dedicated to providing tools to help moms and grandmas disciple their 7–12-year-old girls. She has authored over twenty-eight books, including a Bible … read more …