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Let dogs delight to bark and bite

Let dogs delight to bark and bite

Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Published in 12 hymnals

Representative Text

Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
For God has made them so:
Let bears and lions growl and fight,
For ‘tis their nature, too.

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But, children, you should never let
Such angry passions rise:
Your little hands were never made
To tear each other’s eyes.

Let love through all your actions run,
And all your words be mild:
Live like the blessed Virgin’s Son,
That sweet and lovely child.

His soul was gentle as a lamb;
And as his stature grew,
He grew in favour both with man,
And God his Father, too.

Now, Lord of all, he reigns above;
And from his heavenly throne
He sees what children dwell in love,
And marks them for his own.



Source: Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #HXVI

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Let dogs delight to bark and bite
Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 12 of 12)
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Divine and Moral Songs #HXVI

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Divine Songs for Children #XVI

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Divine Songs #16

Hymns for Schools and Families #d266

Hymns for Schools and Families #d85

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Hymns for Schools and Families #17

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #318

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d136

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d127

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Songs, Divine and Moral #56

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The Child's Hymn Book #222

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Watt's Divine Songs For the use of Children #16

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