Blest be the goodness and the power

Blest be the goodness and the power

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 1 hymnal

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Blest be the goodness and the power,
The wisdom and the grace,
Which joined in counsel to restore,
And save a ruined race.

Our father ate forbidden fruit,
And from his glory fell;
And we, his children, thus were brought
to death, and near to hell.

Blest be the Lord, who sent his Son,
His mercy to display;
To make his glorious Gospel known,
And point to heaven the way.

Freely he died for us, that we
Might live in bliss above;
And there enjoy, eternally,
The blessings of his love.

Behold him rising from the grave,
Behold him raised on high;
He pleads his merits there, to save
Transgressors doomed to die.

There on a glorious throne he reigns,
And by his power divine,
Redeems us from the slavish chains
Of Satan and of sin.

Thence Jesus will to judgment come,
And with a sovereign voice
Will call, and break up every tomb,
While waking saints rejoice.

O may I then with joy appear
Before the Judge's face;
And with the blest assembly there
Sing God's redeeming grace!

Source: Divine Songs for Children #III

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: Blest be the goodness and the power
Author: Isaac Watts
Publication Date: 1700
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.
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