Earth has detained me prisoner longAuthor: Isaac Watts
Tune: ABIDING GRACE
Published in 8 hymnals
Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy ComposerAudio files: MIDI
1 Earth has detain'd me prisoner long
And I’m grown weary now
My heart, my hand, my ear my tongue,
There’s nothing here for you.
2 Lord in my thoughts, I stretch me down,
And upwards glance mine eyes;
Upward (my Father) to thy throne,
And to my native skies.
3 There the dear Man my Saviour sits,
The GOD, how bright he shines!
And scatters infinite delights
On all the happy minds.
4 Seraphs with elevated strains
Circle the throne around,
And move and charm the starry plains
With an immortal sound.
5 JESUS the Lord their harps employs,
JESUS my love they sing.
JESUS the name of both our joys
Sounds sweet from every string.
Earth hath detain'd me prisoner long. I. Watts. [Praise.] This "Song of the Angels above" appeared in his Horae Lyrica, 1706, in 22 stanzas of 4 lines. In Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1776, 12 stanzas were given as No. 175, beginning with stanza ii. in an altered form as "Earth has engrossed my love too long." The centos in modern hymnals, as Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866; Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, and others are taken from this arrangement.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|The Cyber Hymnal #10941||The Song Of Angels Above||Earth has detained me prisoner long||ABIDING GRACE||Isaac Watts||CM||<cite>Horae Lyricae and Divine Songs</cite>, 1706, Book I|