To be honest, I haven’t given much thought to hymn standards, although from time to time I find some of them are monotonous. Give the Protestants their due, they’re a lot more willing to experiment with creativity than we are.
On the other hand, I used to get exasperated when we sang Scriptural ditties eg. “Give us the day, give us the day, we will rejoice and be glad in it, Oh, give us the day, give us the day, …” I’ve always had a hard time remembering the words of songs, but I never had much trouble remembering this one.
Somebody asked who this Amazing Grace was. Unfortunately I haven’t got time to go into a fire and brimstone sermon to make you feel wretched enough.
But then John Newton had been a slave trader, which might explain the term…:crutches: