The Excellence of Scripture

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1 Laden with guilt, and full of fears,
I fly to Thee, my Lord,
And not a ray of hope appears
But in Thy written word.

2 The volume of my Father's grace
Does all my fried assuage;
Here I behold my Saviour's face
In almost every page.

3 This is the field where hidden lies
The pearly of price unknown;
That merchant is divinely wise
Who makes the pearl His own.

4 This is the judge that ends the strife,
Where wit and reason fail;
My guide to everlasting life,
through all this gloomy vale.

5 Oh may Thy counsels, mighty God!
My roving feet command;
And teach me to pursue the road
That leads to Thy right hand.

Source: The Book of Worship #253

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: Laden with guilt, and full of fears
Title: The Excellence of Scripture
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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