How fine has the day been! how bright was the sun!

How fine has the day been! how bright was the sun!

Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Published in 12 hymnals

Representative Text

How fine has the day been! how bright was the sun!
How lovely and joyful the course that he run;
Though he rose in a mist when his race he begun,
And there followed some droppings of rain:
But now the fair traveller’s come to the west,
His rays are all gold, and his beauties are best;
He paints the skies gay as he sinks to his rest,
And foretells a bright rising again.

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Just such is the Christian. His course he begins
Like the sun in a mist, while he mourns for his sins,
And melts into tears! then he breaks out and shines,
And travels his heavenly way:
But when he comes nearer to finish his race,
Like a fine setting sun, he looks richer in grace;
And gives a sure hope, at the end of his days,
Of rising in brighter array.



Source: Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #SVII

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: How fine has the day been! how bright was the sun!
Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Meter: 11.11.11.9
Language: English

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Instances

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A Selection of Sacred Songs. 2nd ed. #14

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A Selection of Sacred Songs: for the use of schools and academies #14

Asaph: or, The Choir Book #d107

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Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #SVII

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Divine Songs for Children #XXXI

Hymns for Schools and Families #d45

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Hymns of the Advent #269

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Hymns of the Morning: Designed for the use of God's People #269

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d100

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d91

Songs for the School Room #d48

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Songs, Divine and Moral #166

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