Monday, September 18, 2006

I WAS blind, but now I see (the truth)

The organist at our church here in Knoxville is retiring and the new one is starting next week, I think. Yesterday was the last Sunday for the retiring organist so she picked out all of her favorite hymns to play for the service. And they were some great hymns, some of my favorites. One was Amazing Grace, who doesn't love this one?? So Jeremy and I are singing it, not really paying attention to the hymnal because we know the lyrics, or at least, we thought we did. The fourth verse starts and it's not the right fourth verse!! We look at each other all confused, look at the hymnal, and yes, definitely a different fourth verse than we're used to. We were expecting this:

When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.
But what we got was:

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
So when I got home yesterday I did some investigating and turns out that the fourth verse we knew wasn't even written by John Newton! He originally wrote six verses for the song and none of them were this one. It was actually written by Harriet Beecher Stowe for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

I feel tricked. How can this verse go around masquerading itself as part of the song when it wasn't even written by the John Newton??

3 comments:

jeremy said...

yeah. wikipedia is the source of all knowledge. i bet you did a LOT of investigating there =P

Zsolt said...

Surprising!!! But what is more surprising, Jeremy actualy went to church (and sing????). I wish you have it on tape. :)

Golda said...

Oh Jeremy goes to church. He's even in the choir...