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Amazing Grace The Journey of an Unforgettable Hymn Henry Braithwaite Music 205 32700 How does a hymn become so universal Where does it gain its ability to be transformed into almost every style of music known to man The hymn Amazing Grace is such a hymn Its existence has been marked by evolutions upon evolution in its use but has always remained the same in its meaning and effect To trace the path of this hymns existence one must begin in England From there it has blossomed and spread out from the English way of life and grew up in the United States From early American times to the present the hymn has become something extraordinary What it has become is one of the most universal traditions that may be sung among men and women everywhere in a vast array of styles John Newton was the creator of this hymn Its creation is a story all in itself John Newton began in the navy but he soon left the navy and began worn on another ship most likely a slave ship From there he gained his own slave-trading ship and he began his life as a slave-trader Thanks to John Newton historians know much about the being a slave-trader through the extensive journals and letters that all survived from his work on slave ships What started this amazing hymn came as the wretch of a slave trader and sea captain was on his ship during an incredible storm In the midst of the storm John Newton was said to have exclaimed God have mercy on me Moyer That night he contemplated what he had yelled and had come to the realization that he did believe in God and this was a sign to him Moyer John Newton had been living his
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