A Parody of Amazing Grace

The following poem was written one day during the Daily-Throgmorton debate. The purpose was to arrange this old salvation-by-grace song to suit the Missionary Baptist arminian system of salvation by works. - Elder R. H. Pittman.

Amazing works, how sweet the sound,
That saved a saint like me;
Was almost lost but now am found
For works have set me free.

'Twas fear that urged me on to work,
And works my fears relieved;
How precious did my works appear
The hour I first believed.

Through dangers I'm resolved to go,
Through many such I've come,
'Tis works has brought me safe thus far
And works will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
And works this good secures;
He will my life and portion be
If my good work endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail
And my good works shall cease;
I shall deserve within the vail
A seat high up in peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
Then I'll begin to shine;
My works eternally shall glow
In that immortal clime.

Elder P. T. Oliphant

Zion's Advocate, 1911

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