Lord, How Secure My Conscience Was

Lord, how secure my conscience was

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 125 hymnals

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Lord, how secure my conscience was,
And felt no inward dread!
I was alive without the law,
And thought my sins were dead.

My hopes of heav'n were firm and bright,
But since the precept came
With a convincing power and light,
I find how vile I am.

[My guilt appeared but small before,
Till terribly I saw
How perfect, holy, just, and pure,
Was thine eternal law.

Then felt my soul the heavy load,
My sins revived again
I had provoked a dreadful God,
And all my hopes were slain.]

I'm like a helpless captive, sold
Under the power of sin
I cannot do the good I would,
Nor keep my conscience clean.

My God, I cry with every breath
For some kind power to save,
To break the yoke of sin and death,
And thus redeem the slave.



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #110

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: Lord, how secure my conscience was
Title: Lord, How Secure My Conscience Was
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d467

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #LVI

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