As When the Hebrew Prophet Raised

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1 As when the Hebrew prophet raised
the brazen serpent high,
the wounded looked and straight were cured,
the people ceased to die;

2 So from the Savior on the cross
a healing virtue flows;
who looks to him with lively faith
is saved from endless woes.

3 For God gave up his Son to death,
so gen'rous was his love,
that all the faithful might enjoy
eternal life above.

4 Not to condemn the sons of men
the Son of God appeared;
no weapons in his hand are seen,
nor voice of terror heard:

5 He came to raise our fallen state,
and our lost hopes restore;
faith leads us to the mercy seat,
and bids us fear no more.


Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #506

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: As when the Hebrew prophet raised
Title: As When the Hebrew Prophet Raised
Author: Isaac Watts (1709)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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