1 How glorious Sion’s courts appear,
the city of our God!
His throne he hath establish'd here,
here fix'd his lov'd abode.
2 Its walls, defended by his grace
no pow’r shall e’er o’erthrow,
salvation is its bulwark sure
against th’ assailing foe.
3 Lift up the everlasting gates,
the doors wide open fling;
enter, ye nations, who obey
the statutes of our King.
4 Here shall ye taste unmingled joys,
and dwell in perfect peace,
ye, who have known Jehovah’s name,
and trusted in his grace.
5 Trust in the Lord, for ever trust,
and banish all your fears;
strength in the Lord Jehovah dwells
eternal as his years.
6 What though the wicked dwell on high,
his arm shall bring them low;
low as the caverns of the grave
their lofty heads shall bow.
7 Along the dust shall then be spread
their tow’rs, that brave the skies:
on them needy’s feet shall tread,
and on their ruins rise.
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 >