Earth has detained me prisoner long

Earth has detained me prisoner long

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 8 hymnals

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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.

Source: A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #XXXIV

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: Earth has detained me prisoner long
Author: Isaac Watts


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)



The Cyber Hymnal #10941
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