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Give me the wings of faith to rise

Representative Text

1 Give us the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.

2 Once they were mourning here below,
their couch was wet with tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.

3 We ask them whence their victory came:
they, with united breath,
ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.

4 They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast,
and, following their incarnate God,
possess the promised rest.

5 Our glorious Leader claims our praise
for his own pattern given;
while the long cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heaven.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #299a

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: Give me the wings of faith to rise
Author: Isaac Watts (1709)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Give me the wings of faith to rise. I. Watts. [Heaven: All Saints.] First published in his Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 2nd edition, 1709, Bk. ii., No. 140, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Examples of Christ and the Saints." It is in extensive use in all English-speaking countries, and generally in its original form as in the Hymnal Companion, No. 357. In Kennedy, 1863, the opening line reads:—"Be mine the wings of faith to rise," No. 1379. There are also other slight alterations in the text. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


[Give me the wings of faith to rise]


SONG 67 was published as a setting for Psalm 1 in Edmund Prys's Welsh Llyfr y Psalmau (1621). Erik Routley (PHH 31) suggests that the tune should be ascribed to Prys. Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) supplied a new bass line for the melody when it was published with a number of his own tunes in George With…

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Instances (1 - 24 of 24)

Ancient and Modern #299a


Ancient and Modern #299b

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #221a

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #221b

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #463

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Common Praise (1998) #286

Common Praise #216a

Common Praise #216b

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #204


Hymnal 1982 #253

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #324a

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #324b

Hymns and Psalms #815a

Hymns and Psalms #815b

Hymns Old and New #156


Rejoice in the Lord #400

Singing the Faith #747


Small Church Music #6279

The Baptist Hymnal #328


The Cyber Hymnal #1806

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The New English Hymnal #225a


The New English Hymnal #225b

The Song Book of the Salvation Army #879


Together in Song #438

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