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Let the old heathens tune their song

Let the old heathens tune their song

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 9 hymnals

Representative Text

Let the old heathens tune their song
Of great Diana and of Jove;
But the sweet theme that moves my tongue
Is my Redeemer and his love.

Behold, a God descends and dies
To save my soul from gaping hell:
How the black gulf where Satan lies
Yawned to receive me when I fell!

How justice frowned, and vengeance stood
To drive me down to endless pain!
But the great Son proposed his blood,
And heav'nly wrath grew mild again.

Infinite Lover! gracious Lord!
To thee be endless honors giv'n;
Thy wondrous name shall be adored
Round the wide earth and wider heav'n.

Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.21

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 the old heathens tune their song
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #II.XXI

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d252

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Hymns for Christian Melody #137


Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.21

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The Columbian Repository #525

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #276

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The Psalms of David #II.XXI

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #B21

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The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal #II.140

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