Repentance

O, if my soul were formed for woe

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: REPENTANCE (Southern Harmony)
Published in 108 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1.
O, if my soul was formed for woe,
How would I vent my sighs!
Repentance should like rivers flow,
From both my streaming eyes.
'Twas for my sins my dearest Lord
Hung on that cursed tree,
(Repeat previous line),
And groaned away his dying life,
(Repeat previous line),
For thee, my soul, for thee,
(Repeat previous line).



Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #161

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, if my soul were formed for woe
Title: Repentance
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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