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Blest be the everlasting God

Representative Text

1 Blest be the everlasting God
the Father of our Lord!
Be his abounding mercy praised,
his majesty adored!

2 When from the dead he raised his Son,
and called him to the sky,
he gave our souls a lively hope
that they should never die.

3 To an inheritance divine
he taught our hearts to rise;
'tis uncorrupted, undefiled,
unfading in the skies.

4 Saints by the power of God are kept,
till the salvation come:
we walk by faith as strangers here,
but Christ shall call us home.

Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #424

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Blest be the everlasting God
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Bless'd be the everlasting God. I. Watts. [Easter.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1707, Book i., No. 26, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Hope of Heaven by the Resurrection of Christ." Its use sometimes as "Blessed," and again as "Blest,” &c, is not extensive. Original text in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, No. 841. In the Draft Scottish Translations & Paraphrases, 1745, it is given as No. xl. in an unaltered form. In the authorized issue of the Translations & Paraphrases, &c, in 1781, No. lxi. stanza iii. was omitted, the third stanza in this arrangement being altered from the original, which reads in Watts:—
'Tis uncorrupted, undefil'd, And cannot fade away. “There's an inheritance divine, Reserv'd against that day;
The recast text of 1781, which has been in use in the Church of Scotland for 100 years, is claimed by W. Cameron (q. v.), in his list of authors and revisers of that issue, as his own. Full text in modern copies of the Scottish Psalms, &c. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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The Cyber Hymnal #9649
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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors #428

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #129

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #164

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #164

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #164

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d94

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d94

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d93

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #700

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #196

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A Collection of Hymns #246

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #236

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #236

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #236

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #236

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #236

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #236

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LXI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LIV

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LXI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship (2nd ed.) #LIV

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #600

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #149

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #479

A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #d42

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #564

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #97

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A New Version of the Psalms of David #HVI

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #298

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #298

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms #289

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for ... Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d35

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. 3rd ed. #d35

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #479

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #479

Australian Hymn Book #34

Boston Sunday School Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d22

Chapel Hymns #d67

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Children's Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada #140

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Christian Hymns #196

Christian Praise #d44

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d58

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #667

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #424

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d127

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Church Psalmist #391

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Church Psalmist #391

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Church Psalmist #391

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Church Psalmody #H385

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Church Psalmody #385

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Church Psalmody #623

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Common Praise #139

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #IX

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #IX

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #H.IX

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Evangelical Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #135

General Baptist Hymn Book #d63

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #151

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #651

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #651

Hymns and Psalms #669a

Hymns and Psalms #669b

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d51

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #I.XXVI

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #B65

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (8th ed.) #b65

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d59

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Hymns for Christian Melody #104

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #809

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #809

Hymns Selected #d28

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d28

Liturgy and Hymns for Sunday Schools #d16

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #385

Melodies of the Church #d124

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New Christian Hymn and Tune Book #35

Our Service of Song #d32

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Pocket Hymns #141

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d94

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d93

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d91

Text

Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.26

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #297

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