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My God, consider my distress

My God, consider my distress

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 43 hymnals

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My God, consider my distress,
let mercy plead my cause;
I would not sin against your grace,
I’d not forget your laws.

Forbid, forbid the sharp reproach
which I so justly fear;
uphold my life, uphold my hopes,
nor let my shame appear.

Be now a surety, God, for me,
nor let some sin oppress;
God, help your waiting servant see
the shining of your face!

Look down upon my sorrows, Lord,
and show your grace the same
as you forever will afford
the ones who love your name.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #83

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: My God, consider my distress
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



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