O that I knew the secret place

O that I knew the secret place

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 215 hymnals

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1 O that I knew the secret place
Where I might find my God!
I'd spread my wants before his face,
And pour my woes abroad.

2 I'd tell him how my sins arise,
What sorrows I sustain,
How grace decays, and comfort dies,
And leaves my heart in pain:

3 I'd say how flesh and sense rebel,
What inward foes combine,
With this vain world and powers of hell,
To vex this heart of mine.

4 He knows what arguments I'd take
To wrestle with my God:
I'd plead for his own mercy's sake,
And for my Savior's blood.

5 My God will pity my complaints,
And heal my broken bones;
He takes the meaning of his saints,
The language of their groans.

6 Arise my soul from deep distress,
And banish every fear;
He calls thee to his throne of grace,
To spread thy sorrows there.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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: O that I knew the secret place
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



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