Amazing Grace: John Newton at St Mary Wolnoth

I watched 'Amazing Grace' last night and following it up was interested to find that John Newton the author of the hymn Amazing Grace and played by Albert Finney in the film was rector of St Mary Wolnoth - the Hawksmoor Church near Bank, City of London.

William Wilberforce was influenced by John Newton who was a reformed Slaver Captain and one of the main sources of what happened aboard slavers.

Amazing Grace: The Story of John Newton

Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav’d 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 reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!

Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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