Love to Enemies from the Example of Christ

God of my mercy and my praise

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 70 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 God of my mercy and my praise!
Thy glory is my song;
Though sinners speak against thy grace
With a blaspheming tongue.

2 When in the form of mortal man
Thy Son on earth was found,
With cruel slanders, false and vain,
They compass'd him around.

3 Their mis'ries his compassion mov'd;
Their peace he still pursu'd;
They render'd hatred for his love,
And evil for his good.

4 Their malice rag'd without a cause;
Yet with his dying breath
He pray'd for murd'rers on his cross,
And bless'd his foes in death.

5 O may his conduct, all-divine,
To me a model prove!
Like his, O God! my heart incline
My enemies to love.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #82

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: God of my mercy and my praise
Title: Love to Enemies from the Example of Christ
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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