In the Sanctuary

Far from my thoughts, vain world, begone

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 350 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Far from my thoughts, vain world, begone!
Let my religious hours alone:
Fain would mine eyes my Saviour see;
I wait a visit, Lord, from thee.

2 My heart grows warm with holy fire,
And kindles with a pure desire;
Come, my dear Jesus! from above,
And feed my soul with heavenly love.

3 Blest Saviour, what delicious fare!
How sweet thine entertainments are?
Never did angels taste, above,
Redeeming grace and dying love.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #472

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Far from my thoughts, vain world, begone
Title: In the Sanctuary
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I'll never turn back any more
Copyright: Public Domain


Far from my thoughts, vain world, begone. I. Watts. [Holy Communion.] This hymn was given in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1707: and again in 1709 (Book ii., Nos. 15,16), in two parts, each part consisting of 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and the second beginning, "Lord, what a heav'n of saving grace." Pt. i. was given with alterations and the omission of stanzas iii., iv. in G. Whitefield's Collection, 1753, No. 2, thereby rendering it a most suitable hymn for the opening of Divine Service. This use of the hymn is still followed, especially in America, as in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, &c. In the American Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, No. 710, stanzas v., vi. are given as "Blest Jesus! what delicious fare!" Pt. ii. is also somewhat extensively used in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



The Cyber Hymnal #1514
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

The Baptist Hymnal #11


The Cyber Hymnal #1514

The Sacred Harp #280

Include 347 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us