I Lift my soul to God

I Lift my soul to God

Author: Isaac Watts
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1 I lift my soul to God,
My trust is in his name;
Let not my foes that seek my blood
Still triumph in my shame.

2 Sin and the pow'rs of hell
Persuade me to despair:
Lord, make me know thy cov'nant well
That I may ’scape the snare.

3 From beams of dawning light
Till ev'ning shades arise,
For thy salvation, Lord, I wait,
With ever-longing eyes.

4 Remember all thy grace,
And lead me in thy truth;
Forgive the sins of riper days,
And follies of my youth.

5 The Lord is just and kind,
The meek shall learn his ways,
And ev'ry humble sinner find
The methods of his grace.

6 For his own goodness’ sake
He saves my soul from shame:
He pardons (tho' my guilt be great)
Thro' my Redeemer’s name.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.XXV.I

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: I Lift my soul to God
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


I lift my soul to God. I. Watts. [Ps. xxv.] Part i. of his version of Ps. xxv. in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, headed "Waiting for Pardon and Direction." In the Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, and other American collections, stanzas iii.-vi. are given as, " From the first dawning light." A cento in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 31, begins with the same stanza. It is composed of stanzas ii., iv. of Pt. i.; stanzas i., vii., viii. of Pt. iii. The American arrangement is the more popular of the two.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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