The Melody

This hymn originally consisted of six stanzas and was entitled "Faith's Review and Expectation". There were also two more additional verses in that version:

  1. Yes, when this heart and flesh shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess within the veil, a life of joy and peace.
  2. The earth shall soon disolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine; But God, who called me here below, will be forever mine.
The melody associated with this song is taken from an early American folk song entitled "Loving Lambs". The earliest known publication of the tune was found in a book named "The Virginia Harmony", compiled by James P. Carrell and David S. Clayton and published in 1831 in Winchester, Va.

Some other hymns by John Newton:
Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds
Day of Judgment! Day of Wonders!
Pg 1) Home . . . Pg 3) The Story of Amazing Grace . . . Pg 4) John Newton's Inspiration

Bibliography : 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Kregel Publications 1982

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