The Vanity of Man, and the Condescension of God

Lord, what is man, poor feeble man

Author: Isaac Watts
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Lord, what is man, poor feeble man!
Born of earth at first;
His life a shadow, light and vain,
Still hastening the dust.

Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #13

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, what is man, poor feeble man
Title: The Vanity of Man, and the Condescension of God
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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