|Composer David Ashley White
Text John Newton, 1779
Voicing SATB, oboe or C inst., organ
Topics Grace, Redemption
Length 2' 15" Price $1.95 (U.S.)
Catalog no. 420-733 Difficulty Mod. easy
Discography Echoes of the American Cathedral: Music of David Ashley White, Robert Brewer, director and organist, Frances Anderson, co-director (Zephyr Productions Z-115-99)
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Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
was blind but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
how precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!
The Lord has promised good to me,
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'tis grace that brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.
Text: John Newton, 1779
"There is really very little to say about this beautiful setting other than it is probably the best and most musically interesting arrangement of this tune I have seen, and should be widely performed. The choir departs from the tune entirely in the inner stanzas, and the instrumental part is included in the choir copy. The parts are easy, and Selah's printing (as always) sharp, clear, and very readable. Very highly recommended." --AAM Journal, May, 1994
Description David Ashley White's setting of this traditional favorite captures the folk origins of the tune NEW BRITAIN. A contrasting middle section and instrumental obligato make this a memorable setting, and one of Selah's perennial best sellers.