"Amazing Grace" was first printed in 1779. It was written by the Englishman John Newton. In 1835, the tune to the song "New Britain" was published together with the lyrics to the song for the first time.
Amazing Grace how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found,
was blind but now I see.
'Twas 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.
'Tis Grace hath brought me safe this far
and Grace will lead me home.
When we've been here ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun,
we've no less days to sing God's praise,
than when we first begun.
You can listen to many versions of Amazing Grace on the Library of Congress site in chronological order of when they were recorded, starting back in 1922 and going through to 2001. It includes recordings by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, the Lemonheads, Willie Nelson, Chet Atkins and many others.
Sung by Miriam Esther Goldman for Librivox. (Edited down by Mama Lisa.)
2nd recording by BookAngel17.