480. Lord of the Worlds Above

1 Lord of the worlds above,
How pleasant and how fair
The dwellings of Thy love,
Thine earthly temples, are!
To Thine abode
My heart aspires
With warm desires
To see my God.

2 The sparrow for her young
With pleasure seeks a nest,
And wand'ring swallows long
To find their wonted rest.
My spirit faints
With equal zeal
To rise and dwell
Among Thy saints.

3 Oh, happy souls who pray
Where God appoints to hear!
Oh, happy men who pay
Their constant service there!
They praise Thee still;
And happy they
Who love the way
To Zion’s hill.

4 They go from strength to strength
Thro' this dark vale of tears,
Till each arrives at length,
Till each in heav'n appears.
Oh, glorious seat
When God, our King,
Shall thither bring
Our willing feet!


Text Information
First Line: Lord of the worlds above
Title: Lord of the Worlds Above
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, cento)
Language: English
Publication Date: 1941
Topic: The Church: Communion of Saints
Tune Information
Composer: John Darwall (1770)
Key: C Major

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