Amazing Grace – Andrea Bocelli

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“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn with words written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton, published in 1779. 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. I’ve grown up listening to this hymn but understood the depth of the lyrics when I heard it for a neighbours funeral. At that point of time I was in between the second and third stage of grief. I didn’t know who Andrea Bocelli was, but hearing his soulful voice not only soothed me but as I kept listening to the hymn on loop it brought me immense calmness. I’ve forgiven myself for past mistakes and for not knowing what I didn’t know before I learnt it. When Andrea Bocelli re sang this hymn on Easter Sunday 16th April 2020 from the Duomo Cathedral, Milan I had tears in my eyes as I not only sang with him but seeing all these cities silent and empty. This is an apt song for the current situation we are in and once this pandemic ends Andrea should once again sing this hymn in the Duomo Cathedral, Milan to remind us that we humans are not invincible and we need to treat our planet with respect.

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
Was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed
Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come
T'was Grace that brought us safe thus far
And Grace will lead us home
And Grace will lead us home
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
Was blind, but now I see

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