Comforts Under Sorrows and Pains

Now let the Lord my Savior smile

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 21 hymnals

Representative Text

Now let the Lord my Savior smile,
And show my name upon his heart,
I would forget my pains awhile,
And in the pleasure lose the smart.

But O, it swells my sorrows high
To see my blessed Jesus frown;
My spirits sink, my comforts die,
And all the springs of life are down.

Yet why, my soul, why these complaints?
Still while he frowns his bowels move;
Still on his heart he bears his saints,
And feels their sorrows and his love.

My name is printed on his breast;
His book of life contains my name;
I'd rather have it there impressed
Than in the bright records of fame.

When the last fire burns all things here,
Those letters shall securely stand,
And in the Lamb's fair book appear,
Writ by th' eternal Father's hand.

Now shall my minutes smoothly run,
Whilst here I wait my Father's will;
My rising and my setting sun
Roll gently up and down the hill.

Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.50

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: Now let the Lord my Savior smile
Title: Comforts Under Sorrows and Pains
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 21 of 21)
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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #325

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d355

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #403

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

Hymns Selected #d156

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d156

Parish Psalmody #d554

Parish Psalmody #d567


Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.50

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #310

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Sacred Songs for Family and Social Worship #347

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Selah #91b

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The Baptist Hymn Book #987

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #572

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The Columbian Repository #554

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #388

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d163

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The Psalms of David #II.L

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #B50

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