How sad our state by nature is!

How sad our state by nature is!

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 274 hymnals

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1 How sad our state by nature is,
our sin, how deep it stains;
and Satan binds our captive minds
fast in his slavish chains.
But there's a voice of sov'reign grace
sounds from the sacred Word,
"Ho, ye despairing sinners, come,
and trust upon the Lord."

2 My soul obeys th'almighty call,
and runs to this relief;
I would believe Thy promise, Lord,
O help my unbelief.
Unto the fountain of Thy blood,
Incarnate God, I fly;
here let me wash my spotted soul,
from Crimes of deepest dye.

3 Stretch out Thine arm, victorious King,
my reigning sins subdue;
and drive the dragon from his seat,
with all his hellish crew.
A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,
on Thy kind arms I fall;
be thou my strength and righteousness,
my Jesus and my all.

Source: Hymns to the Living God #76

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: How sad our state by nature is!
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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How sad our state by nature i. J. Watts. [Salvation through Christ.] First published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1707 (edition 1709, Book ii., No. 90), in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Faith in Christ for Pardon and Sanctification." In 1736-7 it was included by J. Wesley in his Charlestown Psalms &Hymns, p. 52, with the change of stanza v., line 4, "With all his hellish crew,” to "With his infernal crew." Wesley's alteration was repeated by G. Whitefield in his Collection, 1753; by M. Madan, in his Psalms & Hymns 1760, and others. In Conyers's Collection, edition 1774, the line reads, “And form our souls anew.” In modern hymn-books the difficulty is over-come by the omission of the stanza. Several interesting "Associations " in connection with this hymn are given in G. J. Stevenson's Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d319
A Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed for the use of the pious #CXXPage Scan
A Choice Selection of Hymns. 2nd ed. #d92
A Choice Selection of Hymns. 6th ed. #d113
A Collection of Choral Hymns for the ... Hanson Place Methodist Episcopal Congregation #d70
A Collection of Hymn Tunes from the most modern and approved authors #XXITextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d229
A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #104TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d56
A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Used at Camp and Prayer Meetings #d90
A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion #d92
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d345
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d346
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d345
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #421Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d149
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d240
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: principally from the collection of Rev. John Wesley, M. A., late fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford; with... (Rev. & corr.) #27Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #27Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. (New and Rev. ed.) #24Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. Rev. ed. #d259
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d151
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d225
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #660Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. New and Revised ed. #25Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #76Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #37Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, intended for the use of the citizens of Zion, whose privilege it is to sing the high praises of God, while passing through the wilderness, to their glorious inheritance above. #167Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, principally from the collection of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., late fellow of Lincoln College..(Rev. and corr. with a supplement) #27Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #B.XVText
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs; suited to the various kinds of Christian worship; and especially designed for and adapted to the Fraternity of the Brethren... #379Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: with the music of Mason's Sacred Harp and Missouri Harmony adapted #240Page Scan
A Collection of Spiritual Hymns: adapted to the Various Kinds of Christian Worship, and especially designed for the use of the Brethren in Christ. 2nd ed. #196Page Scan
A New and Choice Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d68
A New Book of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal and Other Churches #d98
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #81Page Scan
A Pastor's Selection of Hymns and Tunes: for Worship in the Church and Family #177Page Scan
A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d195
A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d122
A Selection of Hymns & Psalms: from the most approved authors: principally from Watts & Rippon: together with originals #68Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d92
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Social Religious Meetings and for Private Devotions. 7th ed. #129Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Designed as a Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 3rd ed. #d93
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under appointment of the Philadelphian Association (2nd ed) #101Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #CITextPage Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association (4th ed.) #101Page Scan
A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for the Church and the Choir #390Page Scan
Additional Hymns, Adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America, at their Session June 1831. 2nd ed. #48Page Scan
African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #196Page Scan
Baptist Chorals: a tune and hymn book designed to promote general congregational singing; containing one hundred and sixty four tunes adapted to about four hundred choice hymns #153Page Scan
Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #173bPage Scan
Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d350
Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #62
Chapel Hymns #d240
Christian Melodies: a selection of hymns and tunes designed for social and private worship in the lecture-room and the family #313Page Scan
Christian Melodies: a selection of hymns and tunes designed for social and private worship in the lecture-room and the family (2nd ed.) #313Page Scan
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #WH.II.90Page Scan
Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians, recommended to the serious..(4th ed. improved) #112Page Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d450
Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #535Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #264Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #264Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #264Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H55Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #55Page Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #505Page Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d311
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #487Page Scan
Every Sabbath: a new collection of music adapted to the wants and capacities of Sunday-schools, the home circle and devotional gatherings #141cPage Scan
Family and Social Melodies #d146
Family Hymns #d113
Free Methodist Hymnal #d240
Full Salvation Hymnal #d46
Fulton Street Hymn Book, for the use of union prayer meetings, Sabbath schools and families #129Page Scan
Gospel Tent Hymns #d59
Hallowed Songs #d138
Hallowed Songs: a collection of the most popular hymns and tunes, both old, and new, designed for prayer and social meetings, revivals, family worship, and Sabbath schools #95Page Scan
Hallowed Songs: for prayer and social meetings, containing hymns and tunes, carefully selected from all sources, both old and new, and are of the most spiritual..(Newly Revised) #160Page Scan
Harmonia Sacra: a Compilation of Psalm and Hymn Tunes [from the most celebrated European masters] #64Page Scan
Harmonia Sacra: a Compilation of Psalm and Hymn Tunes [from the most celebrated European masters] #76Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #343Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d217
Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d196
Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #343Page Scan
Hymn Book of the United Evangelical Church #231Page Scan
Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #189Page Scan
Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #196Page Scan
Hymnal for Sunday School and Social Worship #d84
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #302Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #302Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #II.XCPage Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #285Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d216
Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #156Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship: selected from Watts, Doddridge, Newton, Cowper, Steele and others #175Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #302Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children #302Page Scan
Hymns for the Camp. (3rd ed. rev. and enl.) #77Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #397Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d204
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