Justice and Equity

Blessed Redeemer, how divine

Author: Isaac Watts
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Blessed Redeemer, how divine,
How righteous is this rule of thine!
"To do to all men just the same
As we expect or wish from them."

This golden lesson, short and plain,
Gives not the mind nor mem'ry pain;
And every conscience must approve
This universal law of love.

How blest would every nation be,
Thus ruled by love and equity!
All would be friends without a foe,
And form a paradise below.

Jesus, forgive us, that we keep
Thy sacred law of love asleep;
No more let envy, wrath, and pride,
But thy blest maxims be our guide.

Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #107

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: Blessed Redeemer, how divine
Title: Justice and Equity
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Blessed Redeemer, how divine. I. Watts. [Divine Equity.] A hymn on his sermon on St. Matt. vii. 12. It was published in an edition after 1723, of his Sermons on Various Subjects, &c, 1721-3, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "The Universal law of Equity." In the older collections it is frequently found, especially the American, but in modern hymn-books it is seldom given, and then in an altered and abridged form.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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