How Wondrous Great, How Glorious Bright

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1 How wondrous great, how glorious bright
must our Creator be,
who dwells amidst the dazzling light
of vast eternity.

2 Our soaring spirits upwards rise
to reach the burning throne
and long to see the blessed Three
in the Almighty One.

3 Our reason stretches all its wings,
and climbs above the skies;
but still how far beneath thy feet
our groundling knowledge lies!

4 While all the heavenly powers conspire
eternal praise to sing,
let faith in humble notes adore
the great mysterious King.



Source: The Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #369

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 wondrous great, how glorious bright
Title: How Wondrous Great, How Glorious Bright
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Hymns for the Sanctuary. Rev.ed. with a Supplement #d40

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #8

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Church Harmonies #184

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d462

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Church Psalmody #H39

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Church Psalmody #39

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David's Harp #60

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #18

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Ecumenical Praise #35

Hymn and Tune Book #d33

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Hymn and Tune Book for Schools and Colleges #13

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #166

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a166

Hymnal #126

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #II.LXXXVII

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d193

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #39

Melodies of the Church #d438

Parish Psalmody #d317

Parish Psalmody #d326

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.87

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Psalms and Hymns #53

Songs for the New Life #d260

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d253

The Christian Psalter #d246

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #3

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The Columbian Repository #591

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The Congregational Hymn Book #6

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The Hymnal 1982 #369

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The Lyrica #37

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #235

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #43

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The Psalms of David #II.LXXXVII

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #B87

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The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal #II.178

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The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #80b

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d420

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The Students' Hymnal; hymns of praise, with selections from scripture for reading and chanting #68

Union Hymns #d183

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