Come, Let Us Lift Our Joyful Eyes

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1 Come, let us lift our joyful eyes
Up to the courts above,
And smile to see the Father there,
Upon a throne of love.
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;
High let us raise our notes of praise,
And reach the almighty throne.

2 O heaven! O land of pure delight!
Where saints immortal reign,
Where endless day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain,
When shall my soul, from darkness free,
To thy bright seats remove,
Fore'er to praise my dearest Lord,
In endless peace and love;
Fore'er to praise my dearest Lord,
In endless peace and love.

3 To Him who sits upon the throne,
The God who all things made,
And to the Lamb for sinners slain,
Be endless honors paid.
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
The God whom we adore,
Be glory as it was and is,
And shall be evermore;
Be glory, as it was and is,
And shall be evermore.

Source: Laudis Corona: the new Sunday school hymn book, containing a collection of Catholic hymns, arranged for the principal seasons and festivals of the year #224

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: Come, let us lift our joyful eyes
Title: Come, Let Us Lift Our Joyful Eyes
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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)


SPOHR (Spohr 53351)

HENRY (Pond)


The tune is based on the the beginning of the soprano aria "Non vi piacque ingiusti dei" from the opera "Siroe"

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