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Longing to Praise Christ Better

Lord, when my thoughts with wonder roll

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 19 hymnals

Representative Text

Lord, when my thoughts with wonder roll
O'er the sharp sorrows of thy soul,
And read my Maker's broken laws
Repaired and honored by thy cross;

When I behold death, hell, and sin
Vanquished by that dear blood of thine,
And see the Man that groaned and died
Sit glorious by his father's side;

My passions rise and soar above,
I'm winged with faith, and fired with love;
Fain would I reach eternal things,
And learn the notes that Gabriel sings.

But my heart fails, my tongue complains,
For want of their immortal strains
And, in such humble notes as these,
Must fall below thy victories.

Well, the kind minute must appear
When we shall leave these bodies here,
These clogs of clay, and mount on high,
To join the songs above the sky.

Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.5

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, when my thoughts with wonder roll
Title: Longing to Praise Christ Better
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 19 of 19)
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A Collection of Hymn Tunes from the most modern and approved authors #XLIII

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #117

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #223

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Harmonia Sacra #53

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #145

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #II.V

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d266

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d546


Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.5

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #457

The Baptist Harmony #d228

The Baptist Harmony #d229

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The Baptist Hymn Book #428

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The Columbian Repository #509

The Primitive Hymns #d367

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #278

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The Psalms of David #II.V

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #B5

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