O that your statutes, every hour,
might dwell upon my mind!
God, I would feel a quickening power,
and peace is there, to find.
To think upon your precepts, Lord,
shall be my sweet employ;
my soul will not forget your word;
your word is all my joy.
My lips with courage shall declare
your statutes and your name;
I’ll speak your word! Though kings may hear,
it will not cause me shame.
Depart from me, all wickedness,
all hands and hearts of ill;
I love my God! I love God’s ways!
I love to do God’s will!
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 >
ST. MAGNUS first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 ed.) as an anonymous tune with soprano and bass parts. The tune was later credited to Jeremiah Clark (b. London, England, c. 1670; d. London, 1707), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of James II in…
Display Title: O that your statutes, every hourFirst Line: O that your statutes, every hourTune Title: OLDEN TIMEAuthor: Isaac WattsMeter: CMDScripture: Psalm 119:13-16; Psalm 119:46; Psalm 119:93; Psalm 119:115Date: 2014Source: Psalm 119, 15th Part, alt.