The Pleasure of Public Worship

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How pleasant, how divinely fair,
O Lord of Hosts, your dwellings are!
With long desire my spirit faints
to meet th’ assemblies of your saints.

The sparrow chooses where to rest,
and for her young provides a nest;
God, even sparrows will obtain
the pleasure which your children gain.

Blest are the ones whose hearts are set
to find the pathway to your gate;
you are their strength; and through the road
they lean upon your help, O God.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #34

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 >



William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)

Church Hymnal, Mennonite #348


In Melody and Songs #34


Small Church Music #6861

The Baptist Hymnal #27


The Cyber Hymnal #2595

The Harmonia Sacra #66B

Include 340 pre-1979 instances
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