What I Have Done

What I Have Done (Amazing Grace/House of the Rising Sun) (2003)

TTTBBB a cappella
Written for Cantus.


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What I Have Done combines the two well known songs Amazing Grace and House of the Rising Sun into one stirring piece. A mixutre of the two melodies and alternating stanzas of each lyric, the narrative tells of a man overcoming his life of sin by finding 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.

Well, there is a house in New Orleans,
They call the Rising Sun,
And it’s been thae ruin of many a poor boy,
And God I know I’m one.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

Oh mother tell your children
Not to do what I have done,
Dont spend your lives in sin and misery,
In the House of the Rising Sun.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

- John Newton, “Amazing Grace”
- Traditional, “House of the Rising Sun”