The Divine Perfections

Great God! thy glories shall employ

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 14 hymnals

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Great God! thy glories shall employ
My holy fear, my humble joy;
My lips in songs of honor bring
Their tribute to th' eternal King.

[Earth, and the stars, and worlds unknown,
Depend precarious on his throne;
All nature hangs upon his word,
And grace and glory own their Lord.]

[His sovereign power what mortal knows?
If be command, who dares oppose?
With strength he girds himself around,
And treads the rebels to the ground.]

[Who shall pretend to teach him skill,
Or guide the counsels of his will?
His wisdom, like a sea divine,
Flows deep and high beyond our line.]

[His name is holy, and his eye
Burns with immortal jealousy
He hates the sons of pride, and sheds
His fiery vengeance on their heads.]

[The beamings of his piercing sight
Bring dark hypocrisy to light;
Death and destruction naked lie,
And hell uncovered to his eye.]

[Th' eternal law before him stands;
His justice, with impartial hands,
Divides to all their due reward,
Or by the sceptre or the sword.]

[His mercy, like a boundless sea,
Washes our load of guilt away;
While his own Son came down and died
T' engage his justice on our side.]

[Each of his words demands my faith;
My soul can rest on all he saith;
His truth inviolably keeps
The largest promise of his lips.]

O tell me, with a gentle voice,
"Thou art my God," and I'll rejoice!
Filled with thy love, I dare proclaim
The brightest honors of thy name.

Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #39

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: Great God! thy glories shall employ
Title: The Divine Perfections
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship approved by the Presbytery of Charleston #d58

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d171

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #139

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #II.CLXVII


Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.167

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The Baptist Hymn Book #49

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The Columbian Repository #671


The Cyber Hymnal #9391

The Dover Selection of Spiritual Songs #d86

The Primitive Hymns #d195

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #39

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The Psalms of David #II.CLXVII

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #B167

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