Come, let us lift our joyful eyesAuthor: Isaac Watts
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Come, let us lift our joyful eyes
Up to the courts above,
And smile to see our Father there
Upon a throne of love.
Once 'twas a seat of dreadful wrath,
And shot devouring flame
Our God appeared "consuming fire,"
And Vengeance was his name.
Rich were the drops of Jesus' blood
That calmed his frowning face,
That sprinkled o'er the burning throne,
And turned the wrath to grace.
Now we may bow before his feet,
And venture near the Lord;
No fiery cherub guards his seat,
Nor double-flaming sword.
The peaceful gates of heav'nly bliss
Are opened by the Son;
High let us raise our notes of praise,
And reach th' almighty throne.
To thee ten thousand thanks we bring,
Great Advocate on high;
And glory to th' eternal King,
That lays his fury by.
Come, let us lift our joyful eyes. I. Watts. [Christ the Mediator.] This is No. 108, Bk. ii., of his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1707, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and is entitled, "Access to a throne of grace by a Mediator." In the older collections, as G. Whitefield's, 1753, and others, it was given in full, but in modern hymnals stanzas ii. and iii. are usually omitted, most editors both in Great Britain and America declining to maintain concerning the Throne of God:—
“Once 'twas a seat of dreadful wrath,
And shot devouring flame;
Our God appeared consuming fire,
And Veng'ance was His name.
“Rich were the drops of Jesus' blood,
That calm'd His frowning face,
That sprinkled o'er the burning Throne,
And turned the wrath to grace."
This hymn is sometimes misdated 1719, the date of Watts's Psalms.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 2 of 2)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #15||Come, let us lift our joyful eyes||Isaac Watts||2012|
|The Cyber Hymnal #914||Come, Let Us Lift Our Joyful Eyes||Come, let us lift our joyful eyes||LONDON NEW||Isaac Watts||CM||<cite>Hymns and Spiritual Songs</cite>, 1707-9, Book II, number 108|