Breathing after Holiness

Representative Text

O that the Lord would guide my ways
to keep his statutes still!
O that my God would grant me grace
to know and do his will!
Send down your Spirit, God, to write
your law upon my heart;
nor let my tongue indulge deceit,
nor act the liar's part.

No vanities should blind my eyes;
let no corrupt design,
nor covetous desires, arise
within this soul of mine.
I’ll guide my footsteps by your word,
and make my heart sincere;
let sin have no dominion, Lord,
but keep my conscience clear.

My steps have gone too far astray,
my feet too often slip;
but I have not forgot your way;
restore your wandering sheep.
Lord, help me walk in your commands;
a most delightful road;
nor let my head, or heart, or hands,
offend against my God.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #82

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 that the Lord would guide my ways
Title: Breathing after Holiness
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


EVAN (Havergal)

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Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Ambassador Hymnal #455


Christian Worship #462


Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #441


Evangelical Lutheran Worship #772


In Melody and Songs #82


Lutheran Service Book #707


Lutheran Worship #392


The Cyber Hymnal #5393

Include 370 pre-1979 instances
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