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Praise for Spiritual and Temporal Mercies

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O bless the Lord, my soul,
let all within me join
and aid my tongue to bless his name,
whose favors are divine.
O bless the Lord, my soul,
nor let his mercies be
forgotten in unthankfulness,
unsung by you, by me.

Lord, you forgive our sins,
and you relieve our pain,
you heal us of our sicknesses,
and make us whole again.
You crown each life with love,
you ransom from the grave,
and you redeem the soul from sin
with sovereign power to save.

You fill the poor with good;
you give the sufferers rest;
you send your judgments of the proud,
and justice for th' oppressed.
You showed your works and ways,
and Moses made them known;
you sent the world your truth and grace
by your beloved Son.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #57

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: O bless the Lord, my soul! Let all within me join
Title: Praise for Spiritual and Temporal Mercies
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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