Amazing grace

  

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.
  It 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,
  I have already come;
  This 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 shall fail,
  And mortal life shall cease;
  I shall possess, within the vail,
  A life of joy and peace.
  The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
  The sun forbear to shine;
  But God, who called me here below,
  Will be forever mine.

《Amazing Grace》中文翻译为《奇异恩典》,也有人称《天赐恩宠》,grace原意为”优雅、优美”,此处解释成”上帝对人类的慈悲、恩宠”。是美国最脍炙人口的一首乡村福音歌曲,是美国人最喜爱的一苜赞美诗,也是全世界基督徒都会唱的一首歌,被奉为基督教圣歌。ROV. John NEWTON作于1779年,开始是一首传统的民谣,或黑人灵歌,它表达了宗教的忠诚,其中包含着一个平淡但是极富深意的赎罪的故事,它成了基督徒每次祈祷忏悔时必唱的曲目,后来它流行越来越广,超越了宗教,成了一首真正意义上的流行歌曲,成为人们祈求和平的经典歌曲,是人民精神世界的赞歌,歌的主题和《圣经》的主旨相符:忏悔、感恩、赎罪、重生,现在在任何庄严隆重的场合、在仪式上、在很多流行音乐唱片里、在国家级的典礼以及在美国前总统里根的葬礼上,你都能听到这首圣洁,祥和,庄重,优美的歌曲。

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