Firm was my health, my day was brightAuthor: Isaac Watts
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1 Firm was my health, my day was bright,
And I presum'd 'twould ne'er be night;
Fondly I said within my heart,
Pleasure and peace shall ne'er depart.
2 But I forgot thine arm was strong,
Which made my mountain stand so long:
And when thy face was turn'd aside,
My health was gone, my comforts died.
3 Hear me, O God of grace! I said,
And raise me from among the dead:
Thy word rebuk'd the pains I felt;
Thy pard'ning love remov'd my guilt.
4 I will extol thee, Lord, on high:
At thy command diseases fly:
Who but a God can speak and save
From the dark borders of the grave?
5 Thine anger but a moment stays;
Thy love is life and length of days:
Though grief and tears the night employ,
The morning-star restores the joy.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #433
Firm was my health, my day was bright. I. Watts. [Psalms xxx.] Appeared in his Psalms of David, 1719, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, as a paraphrase of a portion of the 30th Psalm. In the Anglican Hymn Book, 1868, it is altered to "My health was firm, my day was bright." Its use in either form is not extensive.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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