'twas THAT that taught my heart to fear, and THAT my fears reliev'd;
how precious did THAT there appear the hour I first believ'd!
thro' many dangers, toils, and snares, i have already come;
'tis THAT hath brought me safe thus far, and THAT will lead me home.
the Lord has promis'd good to me, his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease;
i shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace.
the earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine;
but GOD, who call'd me here below, will be forever mine"
"With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, "Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognisable songs in the English-speaking world[....]It has had particular influence in folk music, and has become an emblematic black spiritual. Its universal message has been a significant factor in its crossover into secular music. "Amazing Grace" became newly popular during a revival of folk music in the US during the 1960s, and it has been recorded thousands of times during and since the 20th century." (Amazing Grace, Wikipedia)
This week in 1968, the US launched Operation Niagara in Vietnam, 66 straight days of carpet bombing, unleashing "the most concentrated application of aerial firepower in the history of warfare”, killing 15,000 Vietnamese. pic.twitter.com/hzZ62B8BT5— American Values (@Americas_Crimes) January 16, 2021