Monday, August 1, 2011

A Sabbatical of Grace

This song was written in the late 18th century by John Newton, an English minister who once took part in the slave trade to the West Indies. Realizing the cruelty of the trade he became one of the most ardent abolitionists of the 18th century.

From 1970 on, this song was regarded as a political anthem of protest by anti-Vietnam War demonstrators, much like "We Shall Overcome" became associated with civil rights and is sung in remembrance of Martin Luther King.

"Was blind, but now I see."