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Not from the dust affliction grows

Not from the dust affliction grows

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: RESIGNATION (15653)
Published in 50 hymnals

Representative Text

Not from the dust affliction grows,
Nor troubles rise by chance;
Yet we are born to cares and woes;
A sad inheritance!

As sparks break out from burning coals,
And still are upwards borne
So grief is rooted in our souls,
And man grows lip to mourn.

Yet with my God I leave my cause,
And trust his promised grace;
He rules me by his well-known laws
Of love and righteousness.

Not all the pains that e'er I bore
Shall spoil my future peace,
For death and hell can do no more
Than what my Father please.



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #67

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: Not from the dust affliction grows
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

Not from the dust affliction grows. I. Watts. [Affliction of God.] Published in his Hymns, &c, 1709, Bk. i., No. 83, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and from thence has passed into a few hymnals. In the Translations and Paraphrases of the Church of Scotland, which were authorized in 1781, this hymn (No. 5) is included in a new form as, “Tho' trouble springs not from the dust." In this form Watts is reproduced in everything but the actual words. By whom this recast was made is not known. In the marked copy of the Translations & Paraphrases, by the daughter of W. Cameron it is left a blank. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #361

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #750

Gospel Voices No.3 #d178

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #I.LXXXIII

Hymns Selected #d147

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d147

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d223

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #458

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Hymns, Selected and Original #458

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Hymns #458

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Hymns #458

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Hymns #458

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Hymns #458

Parish Psalmody #d534

Parish Psalmody #d547

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d559

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d615

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.83

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #291

The American Repository of Sacred Music #d111

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The American Vocalist #102b

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The Baptist Hymn Book #79

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The Baptist Psalmody #752

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The Christian Lyre #101

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The Christian Lyre #101

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The Church Hymn Book #d652

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The Columbian Repository #435

The Good Old Songs #d384

The Millennial Harp #d274

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #67

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The Psalms of David #I.LXXXIII

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #A83

The Southern Psalmist #d554

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Virginia Selection of Psalms #d309

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Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music #16b

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