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The Majesty and Condescension of God

Ye that delight to serve the Lord

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: CHARLOTTE HALL
Published in 40 hymnals

Full Text

Let all delight to serve you, Lord,
The honours of your name record,
and ever bless your sacred name.
Where e'er the circling sun displays
its rising beams or setting rays,
the lands and seas will do the same.

Nor time nor nature's narrow rounds
can give your vast dominion bounds;
the heavens are far below your heights;
our own created works won’t dare
to think with yours they can compare;
your power shows all-creating might!

You bow your glorious head to view
what all the hosts of angels do,
and bend your care to earthly things;
your sovereign hand exalts the poor,
receives the humble at your door
and makes them company for kings.


Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #66

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Ye that delight to serve the Lord
Title: The Majesty and Condescension of God
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English

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