Civil War Lyrics Amazing Grace by John Newton and William Walker | Civil War Music

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Cokesbury College

South Carolina

Amazing Grace

As performed by the 2nd South Carolina String Band

Dulcem Melodies: Favorite Campfire Songs of the Civil War Era

In 1835, South Carolinian William Walker combined lyrics written in the 1770s by John Newton with a popular tune called “New Britain.”  The result was the most popular American hymn of the Civil War era and of all-time.

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.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.

And Grace, my fears relieved.

How precious did that Grace appear

The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares

I have already come;'

Tis Grace that brought me safe thus farand

Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.

His word my hope secures.

He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease,

I shall possess within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.

When we've been here ten thousand years

Bright shining as the sun.

We've no less days to sing God's praise

Than when we've first begun.

John Newton

William Walker

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