How vain are all things here below!

How vain are all things here below!

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 231 hymnals

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1 How vain are all things here below!
How false, and yet how fair!
Each pleasure hath its poison too,
And every sweet a snare.

2 The brightest things below the sky
Give but a flatt'ring light;
We should suspect some danger nigh
Where we possess delight.

3 Our dearest joys, and nearest friends,
The partners of our blood,
How they divide our wavering minds,
And leave but half for God!

4 Dear Saviour, let Thy beauties be
My soul's eternal food;
And grace command my heart away
From all created good.

Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #414

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: How vain are all things here below!
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Choice Selection of Hymns. 6th ed. #d117

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #595

A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d233

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #164

A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d59

A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of the Pious of All Denominations #d41

A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Used at Camp and Prayer Meetings #d94

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d352

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d353

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d352

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #619

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d152

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d244

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d155

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d230

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #192

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCLXIII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #428

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A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #271

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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #201

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A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #182

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d171

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d115

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #514

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #514b

Baptist Harmony #d107

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #414

Chapel Hymns #d247

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d403

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d459

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Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H590

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Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #590

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d318

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David (4th ed.) #XL

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d114

Family and Social Melodies #d153

Free Methodist Hymnal #d246

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #568

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #519

Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d221

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #519

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #246

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #246

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #822

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #822

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #662

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #662

Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d167

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d164

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #60

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (8th ed.) #60

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Hymns for Christian Melody #362

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d96

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