The Eternal Throne: “Behold the Throne of Grace”
“Behold the Throne of Grace” was written by John Newton (1725–1807) while its words danced with the melody called "St. Thomas" by Aaron Williams (1731 - 1776).
The hymn's long version has eight stanzas with four lines each. Meanwhile, there are versions with size stanzas with the same number of lines. They hymn is featured in 286 hymnals, making it a rare hymn to be sung in some communities or churches. From its content and title, it can be assumed that the hymn belongs to the category of ‘praise’ hymn.
The hymn writer, John Newton, is a prolific hymn writer. “Behold the Throne of Grace” is one of his 287 hymns. This hymn is one of his most popular works. With 230 mentions or instances in hymnals compared to his other works. Besides his works, Newton is also known as one of the founders of the Evangelical School. This young sailor transformed into a respectable clergyman and abolitionist after he survived a severe storm near Donegal, Ireland. The ship nearly sank and it led him to seek God and convert into a clergyman. Years later, he was renowned for amazing works such as “Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken".
Little is known about Aaron Williams. Williams is known to be a music publisher and clerk of Scots Church, London Wall. There are records of his work, which include The Universal Psalmodist (1763, 1769), The Royal Harmony ( 1766), The New Universal Psalmodist (1770), Harmonia Cœlestis (6th edition, 1775), An Ode or Anthem for the New Year (circa 1775), Two New Anthems for Christmas-Day (circa 1775), Psalmody in Miniature (1778) and A New Christmas Anthem (circa 1780). His work on melodies, he made seven melodies, including "St. Thomas". This hymn was published with this melody in The New Universal Psalmodist (1770).