Isaac Watts, 1707
Watts was a prolific hymn writer. Some of his other well-known hymns are (with Hymns at Home links):
- Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
- Joy to the World (also set to a Lowell Mason tune)
- Marching to Zion
- Thus Far the Lord Hath Led Me On
HAMBURG, Lowell Mason, 1824
This tune originated from Gregorian chant.
Hymn history by Rachel Tillay at UMC Discipleship Ministries.
A good resource for sharing this hymn with children is Kenneth W. Osbeck’s Amazing Grace: Illustrated Stories of Hymns. This hymn is included in the collection.
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