God loves the Righteous, and hates the Wicked

My refuge is the God of love

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 60 hymnals

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My refuge is the God of love:
My foes insult and cry,
Fly like a timorous, trembling dove,
(Repeat previous line twice),
To distant mountains fly,
Since I have placed my trust in God,
A refuge always nigh,
Why should I like a timorous bird,
To distant mountains fly.

Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #173b

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 refuge is the God of love
Title: God loves the Righteous, and hates the Wicked
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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