Behold th' Amazing Gift of Love

Behold th' amazing gift of love

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: ST. STEPHEN (Jones)
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1 Behold the amazing gift of love
the Father hath bestowed
on us, in calling us his own,
the children of our God!

2 Concealed as yet this honour lies,
by this dark world unknown,
a world that knew not, when he came,
even God's eternal Son.

3 High is the rank we now possess;
but higher we shall rise,
though what we shall hereafter be
is hid from mortal eyes:

4 Our souls, we know, when he appears,
shall bear his image bright;
for all his glory, full disclosed,
shall open to our sight.

5 A hope so great and so divine
may trials well endure;
and purge the soul from sense and sin,
as Christ himself is pure.

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #478

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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