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Hosanna to the royal Son

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1 Hosannah to the royal Son
Of David's ancient line,
His natures two, His person one,
Mysterious and divine,
Mysterious and divine.

2 The root of David, here we find,
And offspring is the same:
Eternity and time are joined
In our Immanuel's name.

3 Blest He that comes to wretched men
With peaceful news from heaven;
Hosannahs of the highest strain
To Christ the Lord be given.

4 Let mortals ne'er refuse to take
Th'hosannah on their tongues,
Lest rocks and stones should rise, and break
Their silence into songs.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #112

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: Hosanna to the royal Son
Author: Isaac Watts
Source: Watts' Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 1707
Language: English


Hosanna to the royal Son. I. Watts. [Christmas.] Published in his Hymns, &c, 1707, p. 17, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. (1709 ed., Book i., No. 16), and entitled "Hosanna to Christ,"

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)