Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds

Let children hear the mighty deeds

Author: Isaac Watts (1719)
Published in 169 hymnals

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1 Let children hear the mighty deeds
Which God performed of old,
Which in our younger days we saw,
And which our parents told.

2 So make to them His glories known,
His works of pow'r and grace;
And we'll convey His wonders down
Through ev'ry rising race.

3 Our sons and daughters we shall tell
And they again to theirs
That generations yet unborn
May teach them to their heirs.

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5 To learn that in our God alone
Their hope securely stands,
That they may never doubt His love
But walk in His commands.



Source: Lutheran Service Book #867

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: Let children hear the mighty deeds
Title: Let Children Hear the Mighty Deeds
Author: Isaac Watts (1719)
Meter: 8.6.8.6

Notes

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Ps. 78:1-4
st. 2 = Ps. 78:5-7

This versification of Psalm 78:1-8 is a modernized form of Isaac Watts' (PHH 155) version, published in his Psalms of David Imitated (1719). Psalm 78 is a didactic psalm of history. It teaches all of God's people to remember God's merciful dealings with them, to refrain from repeating the sins Israel committed in olden days, and to obey the word of the Lord (see PHH 78 for further comments on the psalm).

The text emphasizes the joyful covenant responsibility of parents to teach diligently the ways of the Lord to their children. Its theme comes from verses 4-5; there the biblical text combines a stress on God's savings deeds, which lead to faith, and God's commandments, which demand obedience. The command to "tell your children" runs throughout the Pentateuch (Ex. 10:2; Deut. 4:9).

Liturgical Use:
Baptism; other occasions of worship that stress the covenant responsibility of one generation to teach the next generation not to forget God's deeds but to keep his commands (see Ps. 78:6-7); family life emphases; beginning of church school season.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune

DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…

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GRÄFENBERG

Composed by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) as a setting for Paul Gerhardt's "Nun danket all’ und bringet Ehr," GRÄFENBERG was first published in the 1647 edition of Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica. The tune is arbitrarily named after a water-cure spa in Silesia, Austria, which became famous in the 1820…

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ST. MARTIN'S (Tansur 11215)


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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d282
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #475Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #596Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #596Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #634Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #234Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #234Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #577Page Scan
A Collection of Spiritual Hymns: adapted to the Various Kinds of Christian Worship, and especially designed for the use of the Brethren in Christ. 2nd ed. #839Page Scan
A Pastor's Selection of Hymns and Tunes: for Worship in the Church and Family #190Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #577Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #577Page Scan
American Lutheran Hymnal #56TextPage Scan
Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #214bPage Scan
Cantica Laudis: or, the American Book of Church Music #d147
Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #735Page Scan
Carmina Sanctorum: a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #735Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #192Page Scan
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #WP78aPage Scan
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #512Text
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #842Page Scan
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.LXXVIII.ITextPage Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d561
Church music: with selections for the ordinary occasions of public and social worship, from the Psalms and hymns of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #342Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #771Page Scan
Church Poetry: being Portions of the Psalms in Verse and Hymns suited to the Festivals and Fasts, and Various Occasions of the Church #50aPage Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #P78Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #P78Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #P78Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #P78Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #P78Page Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #64Page Scan
Cole's Pocket Edition of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Containing Most of the Tunes Used in Different Churches #d68
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #430Page Scan
Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #146aTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David, corrected and enlarged, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (2nd ed.) #146aTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's imitation of the Psalms of David, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (3rd ed.) #137aTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David: to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian church in general (Corr. and enl.) #LXXVIIIaTextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #202TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #202TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #180
Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d151
Fulton Street Hymn Book, for the use of union prayer meetings, Sabbath schools and families #294Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d343
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #205Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #138Page Scan
Hymnal Amore Dei #10Page Scan
Hymnal for Juniors in Worship and Study #d53
Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d388
Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #82Page Scan
Hymnal, Amore Dei #10Page Scan
Hymns and Anthems adapted for Jewish Worship #120Page Scan
Hymns and Chants: with offices of devotion. For use in Sunday-schools, parochial and week day schools, seminaries and colleges. Arranged according to the Church year #41Page Scan
Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship #657Page Scan
Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship. (Rev. ed.) #657Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1158Page Scan
Hymns and Tunes for Home Worship #d114
Hymns for Children and Young Persons. First Am. from the London ed. #d75
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #839Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #839Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #557Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Families #d263
Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #482Page Scan
Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #60Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary #129Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Universal #643Page Scan
Hymns of the Church: new and old #65Page Scan
Hymns, Collects, Anthems and Selections #d130
International Song Service: with Bright Gems from fifty authors, for Sunday-schools, gospel meetings, missionary and young people's societies, prayer-meetings, etc. #222Page Scan
Isles of Shoals Hymn Book and Candle Light Service #67Page Scan
Lutheran Service Book #867Text
Lutheran Worship #472Text
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #P78Page Scan
Melodies of the Church: a collection of psalms and hymns adapted to publick and social worship, seasons of revival, monthly concerts of prayer, and various similar occasions... #d530
One Hundred Non-Sectarian Hymns for Use in Church and Home. 10 vols. in 1 #d36
Parish Psalmody #d384
Parish Psalmody #d395
Plymouth Collection #d39
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d335
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #P78aPage Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d421
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d435
Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d455
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #Ps.166Text
Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship: and approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America: the latter being arranged according to subjects... #P78.1Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P78.1Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d244
Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #P78aPage Scan
Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #P78Page Scan
Psalms Carefully Suited to the Christian Worship in the United States of America: being an improvement of the old version of the Psalms of David #78aPage Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Blue) #150
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #585Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio
Sabbath Songs #d89
Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #324Page Scan
Selection from Tate and Brady's Version of the Psalms; with Hymns by Various Authors, for the Church in Brattle-Square #d148
Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #50Page Scan
Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #71Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship #517Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d223
Songs of Pilgrimage, a Hymnal for the Churches of Christ, Part I #d107
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