The Olney Hymns


The Cowper & Newton Museum is the only stockist of this world-famous hymn book.  The Olney Hymns contains 348 hymns, the most famous of which is ‘Amazing Grace’.


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Olney Hymns in Three Books

Facsimile of the First Edition
The first edition of The Olney Hymns was published in 1779. Since that time many of the hymns have become established as firm favourites wherever Christianity is practised. In response to many requests, the Trustees of the Cowper & Newton Museum issued this facsimile edition in 1979 to celebrate the bicentenary year of their first publication.

John Newton transcribed all the hymns into two notebooks before going to print. One book is missing but the other is owned by the Houghton Library, Harvard University. You are able to explore Newton’s hymn notebook digitally from the Houghton Library, Harvard University website.

Marylynn Rouse of The John Newton Project has connected the information in this notebook with John’s diary to work out the date and context of many of the hymns. Amazing Grace is hymn number XLI in a hymn book.

The Olney Hymns contains 348 hymns, the most famous of which is ‘Amazing Grace’.

Additional information

Weight 585 g
Dimensions 18 × 12 × 4 cm

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