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The Word of God is the Saint's Portion; or, The Excellency and Variety of Scripture

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Lord, I have made your word my choice,
my lasting heritage;
there shall my noblest powers rejoice,
my truest thoughts engage.

I'll read the histories of your love,
and keep your laws in sight;
your words and promises will prove
an ever fresh delight.

In your broad land of wealth unknown,
where springs of life arise;
the seeds of heavenly bliss are sown,
and hidden glory lies.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #79

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: Lord, I have made thy word my choice
Title: The Word of God is the Saint's Portion; or, The Excellency and Variety of Scripture
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



The Cyber Hymnal #3767
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Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

Ancient and Modern #382

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #459

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Common Praise #504

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #490

Hymns and Psalms #475

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Rejoice in the Lord #130

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #273

The Covenant Hymnal #530

Hymnal #317


The Cyber Hymnal #3767


In Melody and Songs #79

Include 205 pre-1979 instances
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