All earth shall know your glory, Lord;
the wondering nations hear your word;
among us let your name be known;
our worship shall no more be paid
to gods which mortal hands have made;
our Maker is our God alone.
You framed the earth, you built the sky,
you made the shining worlds on high,
and reign complete in glory there;
your beams are majesty and light;
your beauties, how divinely bright;
your temple, how divinely fair!
The great day comes, the glorious hour
when earth shall feel your saving power
and every nation know your name.
Then shall the human race confess
the beauty of your holiness,
your grace forever be proclaimed.
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 >