About this hymn
Amazing Grace is one of the best known and loved hymns of all time. The lyrics were written in the 18th century by John Newton, who had been involved in slave trade but later turned away from it and became a church minister. The tune we typically associate with the hymn today is called “New Britain”. However, that wasn’t always the case. In fact, the lyrics weren’t set to that tune until nearly 30 years after Newton’s death.