Guilt of Conscience and Releif; or, Repentance and Prayer for Pardon and Health

Amidst thy wrath remember love

Author: Isaac Watts
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1 Amidst Thy wrath remember love;
restore Thy servant, LORD;
nor let a father’s chast'ning prove
like an avenger’s sword.

2 Thine arrows stick within my heart:
my flesh is sorely pressed;
between the sorrow and the smart
my spirit finds no rest.

3 My sins a heavy load appear,
and o’er my head are gone;
too heavy they for me to bear,
too hard for me to atone.

4 My thoughts are like a troubled sea,
my head still bending down;
and I go mourning all the day
beneath my Father’s frown.

5 Lord, I am weak, and broken sore,
none of my pow'rs are whole;
the inward anguish makes me roar,
the anguish of my soul.

6 All my desire to Thee is known,
Thine eye counts every tear;
and every sigh, and every groan
is noticed by Thine ear.

7 Thou art my God, my only hope;
my God will hear me cry,
my God will bear my spirit up,
when Satan bids me die.

8 My foot is ever apt to slide,
my foes rejoice to see't;
they raise their pleasure and their pride
when they supplant my feet.

9 But I’ll confess my guilt to Thee,
and grieve for all my sin;
I’ll mourn how weak my graces be,
and beg support divine.

10 My God, forgive my follies past,
and be for ever nigh;
O Lord of my salvation haste,
before Thy servant die!

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #38

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: Amidst thy wrath remember love
Title: Guilt of Conscience and Releif; or, Repentance and Prayer for Pardon and Health
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Amidst Thy wrath, remember love. I. Watts. [Ps. xxxviii.] First published in his Psalms of David, 1719, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, with the title "Guilt of Conscience and Relief; or Repentance and Prayer for Pardon and Health." Various arrangements of stanzas are given in modern hymnals, no collection repeating it in its full form. In America it is generally known as "Amid Thy wrath," &c.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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John B. Dykes (PHH 147) composed ST. AGNES for [Jesus the Very Thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after a young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A.D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian. St. Agnes was sentenced to death for refusing to marry a nobleman to whom she said, "I am already eng…

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