A few days after watching ‘Amazing Grace’, I’ve been fascinated by its movie and song. Surprisingly, it’s a very touching story about a man (parliamientarian) who tried with trials and errors to save others (negros who were enslaved). He was first living every day, haunted by his guilty conscience he could not do anything to abolish the slavery law. Then, he endeavored day and night to finally use a very clever trick on his colleagues (other parliamentarians). You will find this movie like heaven, a guide to where you are going. The man was just 19 years old to be a parliamentarian. This was funny enough. 🙂 But what’s more funny was he had ideas to speak out, stand up and shut up! At last, he proposed an anti-French bill in disguise of an anti-slavery bill. In other words, he knew that at that time people were not interested in helping African slaves whom they thought were useful and profitable. People thought mainly about the war with France. The trick worked, thanks to his wonderful team who dreamed for a better world for every individual!
“Amazing Grace” is a well-known Christian hymn written late in 1772 by Englishman John Newton. They first appeared in print in Newton’s Olney Hymns (1779), which he worked on with William Cowper.
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.
John Newton, Olney Hymns (London: W. Oliver, 1779)