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Title: Amazing Grace. Written by an American slave?
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 04 March, 2015, 05:36:20 PM
For some reason I get told some strange things.

The latest is that Amazing Grace was written by an escaped American slave?

Is it true or is it time I changed my friends?
Title: Re: Amazing Grace. Written by an American slave?
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 23 November, 2017, 08:21:36 AM
For some reason I get told some strange things.

The latest is that Amazing Grace was written by an escaped American slave?

Is it true or is it time I changed my friends?

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This here question has lain unanswered and gathering dust in IA's cellar for well over two years - but a miracle happened last night...  By chance I had Amazing Grace playing in the background on Spotify while I was working on my laptop last night and that sparked off my interest in Amazing Grace all over again.

It seems that my friend (who'd told me that Amazing Grace was written by an American slave) actually got it half right! It was in fact written by a former slave trader - and the story behind Amazing Grace is as spooky as it is up-lifting.

First though, you have to spool yourself back to the heady days of the late 1700s...John Newton was an Anglican priest with one hell of a murky past. He had been an avid slave trader scooping up defenceless Africans and shipping them America to slave away in the cotton fields.

But then, Shazzaaaaam! It hit!

A near death experience converted him to Christianity. The big whammy came in 1748 when he was quietly going about his nasty business in the Atlantic slave trade when a horrendously fierce storm battered his slave boat off the coast of Ireland. He begged God for his life and, after about 8 years, he chucked the slave trade in for good and started studying to become a priest.

That's when he wrote Amazing Grace - and it's no surprise that the opening lines are "“Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound) that saved a wretch like me!”

Amen to that.