1. My God, the spring of all my joys,
The life of my delights,
The glory of my brightest days,
The comfort of my nights!
In darkest shades, if Thou appear,
My dawning is begun:
Thou art my soul's bright morning star,
And Thou my rising sun.
2. The op'ning heav'ns around me shine
With beams of sacred bliss,
While Jesus shows His mercy mine,
And whispers I am His.
My soul would leave this heavy clay,
At that transporting word,
And run with joy the shining way
To meet my dearest Lord.
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 >