Bless, O my soul, the living GodAuthor: Isaac Watts (1719)
Published in 278 hymnals
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Bless, O my soul, the living God,
Call home my thoughts that roam abroad;
let every power within me join
in work and worship so divine.
Lord God, how wondrous are your ways!
How firm your truth, how large your grace!
You take great mercy as your throne,
and thus you make your glories known.
Not half so high your power spreads
the starry heavens above our heads,
as your rich love exceeds our praise,
exceeds the highest hopes we raise.
Not half so far has nature placed
the east of morning from the west,
as your forgiving grace removes
all painful guilt from those you love.
Lord, your eternal love is sure
for all your saints, and will endure!
Let not this wonder that is wrought
be lost in silence, and forgot!
Let all the earth behold your face;
let all adore and know your grace;
the noblest with the humble join
in work and worship all divine.
Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #60
Bless, O my soul, the living God. I. Watts. [Ps. ciii.] This is Pt. i. of his L.M. version of Ps. ciii., first published in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, Pt. ii. being, "The Lord, how wondrous are His ways.” Both parts are in common use both in Great Britain and America. Pt. i. is in 8 stanzas, and Pt. ii. in 9 stanzas of 4 lines. In addition there are abbreviations of Pt. i., and a cento from Pts. i. and ii. in common use The most popular arrangement in modern American hymnals is that in Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, Laudes Domini, N. Y, 1884, and many others. It is composed of stanzas i., ii., iii., and viii., slightly altered. Other arrangements are also found both in Great Britain and America. A cento from Pts. i. and ii. appeared in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, and is made up of Pt.i. stanzas i.—iii., Pt. ii. stanzas iv. and v., and an additional stanza from another source.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #60||Bless, O my soul, the living God||WHARTON PARK||Isaac Watts||LMD||Psalm 103||2014||Psalm 103, 1st & 2nd Parts, alt.|
|Rejoice in the Lord #121||Bless, O My Soul, the Living God||Bless, O my soul, the living God||PARK STREET||Isaac Watts||LM||Psalm 103||1985||Children | Hymns about|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #87||Bless, O my soul, the living God||Isaac Watts||2012|
|The Cyber Hymnal #568||Bless, O My Soul! the Living God||Bless, O my soul! the living God||PARK STREET||Isaac Watts||LM||<cite>The Psalms of David</cite>, 1719|
|The Harmonia Sacra: a compilation of genuine church music : comprising a great variety of metres, harmonized for four voices : together with a copious explication of the principles ...(25th ed.) #61B||Magdeburg||Bless, O my soul, the living God||MAGDEBURG||L.M.||1993|