Hymn #547: Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound
AMAZING GRAVE is an early melody from the United States that takes its name from the first line of Newton’s text. This old Southern tune once was sung to “Loving Lambs.” It has also been called NEW BRITAIN, HARMONY GROVE, SYMPHONY, SOLON, and REDEMPTION. It was first published in Columbian Harmony (1829).
Edwin Othello Excell (1851-1921) arranged the tune AMAZING GRACE in its present form for his hymnal Make His Praise Glorious, published in Chicago, Illinois, in 1900. Excell had moved to Chicago in 1883 to begin his gospel-song publishing business.