Once an infidel and libertine
A servant of slaves in Africa.
By the rich mercy of our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ.
So reads the words on his gravestone,he lost his mother when he was six,his
father was a sea captain,and eventually he joined the Navy.For a great deal of his life he was involved in the slave trade,even after his first religious experience,but eventually the reality of his faith in Christ took hold,and he became an opponent of the slave trade.He even wrote a booklet on its evils,which became very popular. He served as a Church of England priest,was a popular minister,friends of William Wilberforce,and William Cowper.He passed into the presence of his Saviour at the age of 82.
Amazing grace,how sweet the sound
That saved a wretched like me
I once was lost but now an found;
Was blind but now I see.
Twas grace that taught my heart
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers,toils,and snares
I have already come;
Tis grace has brought me safe thus far.
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised 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
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been there a thousand
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we first begun.