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O why despond in life's dark vale

O why despond in life's dark vale

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: BLAKE
Published in 6 hymnals

Full Text

1 Oh, why despond in life's dark vale?
Why sink to fears a prey?
Th' almighty power can never fail,
His love can ne'er decay.

2 Behold, the birds that wing the air,
Nor sow nor reap the grain:
Yet God, with all a father's care,
Relieves when they complain.

3 Behold the lilies of the field:
They toil nor labor know;
Yet royal robes to theirs must yield,
In beauty's richest glow.

4 That God who hears the raven's cry,
Who decks the lily's form,
Will surely all your wants supply,
And shield you in the storm.

5 Seek first his kingdom's grace to share,
Its righteousness pursue:
And all that needs your earthly care
He will bestow on you.


Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #129

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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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs; suited to the various kinds of Christian worship; and especially designed for and adapted to the Fraternity of the Brethren... #34Page Scan
The Brethren Hymnal: A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs suited for Song Service in Christian Worship, for Church Service, Social Meetings and Sunday Schools #9
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #77Page Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #370cPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d829
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #129TextPage Scan
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