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NEW BRITAIN

Composer: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Anonymous (1829)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 51313 21655 13132
Key: F Major
Source: Virginia Harmony, 1831

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Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)

Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
that saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

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NEW BRITAIN (also known as AMAZING GRACE) was originally a folk tune, probably sung slowly with grace notes and melodic embellishments. Typical of the Appalachian tunes from the southern United States, NEW BRITAIN is pentatonic with melodic figures that outline triads. It was first published as a hymn tune in shape notes in Columbian Harmony (1829) to the text "Arise, my soul, my joyful pow'rs." It was first set to "Amazing Grace" in William Walker's (PHH 44) Southern Harmony (1835) (see facsimile at p. 85). The setting is from Edwin O. Excell's Make His Praise Glorious (1900). Excell (b. Stark County, OH, 1851; d. Louisville, KY, 1921) grew up in a German Reformed parsonage and worked as a bricklayer as a young man. In 1871 he became a singing school teacher. Soon after, while leading the music and singing solos in a Methodist revival, he experienced a conversion. Excell joined evangelist Sam P. Jones as a song leader, and the two traveled the United States as an evangelistic team. An important figure in the Sunday school movement, Excell wrote over two thousand gospel songs and edited ninety songbooks. He became a very successful publisher of hymn books in Chicago; his company, the Biglow-Main-Excell Company, eventually merged with Hope Publishing Company. Since NEW BRITAIN is pentatonic, it can be sung unaccompanied in a two- or even four-part canon, with groups entering after one or two measures. Sing stanzas 1 and 5 in unison and stanzas 2 and 3 in harmony, and to illustrate the text, try stanza 4 in canon. Use light accompaniment, but consider singing stanza 3 unaccompanied. Some recordings of "Amazing Grace" by recent pop singers have cast a sentimental shadow over this hymn, presumably because those performers do not understand the experience of salvation that so amazed Newton. Christians should sing this hymn with some vigor and a moderate tempo that supports their convictions. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook Also see this book: Turner, Steve. Amazing Grace: The Story of America's Most Beloved Song. New York: Ecco, 2002.

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Text: Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #165

Christian Science Hymnal Supplement #431

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #555a

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Common Praise (1998) #352

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #29

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Hymnal 1982 #671

Hymnal #143

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Hymns of Faith #200

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Hymns of Promise #32

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Hymns to the Living God #211

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Lutheran Worship #509

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New English Praise #626

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Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #293

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Sing With Me #186

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Songs for Life #209

Songs for Suffering Saints #28

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The Celebration Hymnal #343

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