I have just been re – reading Nick Page’s And Now Let’s Move Into a Time of Nonsense. It is a book well worth reading – in it he bemoans the fact that there are deficiencies in modern worship songs. His complaints fall into two categories. Firstly, he says that song writers are writing in a way that is incomprehensible to most singers. Secondly, the Scriptures are being misused in the sense that verses are taken out of context, or that Biblical images are being inappropriately applied.
He is not knocking modern songs per se, he just wants to see better ones written. There is, in my opinion, some truth in what he has written, also his arguments could be applied to hymn/song writing of any generation, as he himself acknowledges.
Which is rather a long winded way of getting to today’s hymn. He uses “Amazing Grace” as an example of what is the best in song/hymn writing. You will have to read the book to find out exactly why he thinks it’s so great. There are a few second hand copies on Amazon.
I am just going to let the words speak for themselves. Incidentally, the last verse is not part of the original hymn, but I love the sentiments so have included it anyway!
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 far
and 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.
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 called me here below
Will be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.