by John Newton
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This collection of hymns published in 1779 contains some of the most popular Christian
songs of all time, “Amazing Grace” among them. By 1836, the book had gone through at
least another 37 editions. Along with “Amazing Grace,” there are over 300 more hymns,
some of which still appear in modern church worship. John Newton and his friend,
William Cowper, one of the most respected and influential English poets of the 18th
century, worked together on this project. Both men shared passion for showing others
that they could befriend God personally, receiving forgiveness, freedom, and love. In
many ways, their collection epitomizes the booming Evangelical movement of their time.