1 Oft have I sat in secret sighs,
To feel my flesh decay,
Then groaned aloud with frighted eyes,
To view the tottering clay.
2 But I forbid my sorrows now,
Nor dares the flesh complain;
Diseases bring their profit too;
The joy o'ercomes the pain.
3 My cheerful soul now all the day
Sits waiting here and sings;
Looks through the ruins of her clay,
And practices her wings.
4 Faith almost changes into sight,
While from afar she spies,
Her fair inheritance, in light
Above created skies.
5 Had but the prison walls been strong,
And firm without a flaw,
In darkness she had dwelt too long,
And less of glory saw:
6 But now the everlasting hills
Through every chink appear,
And something of the joy she feels
While she's a prisoner here:
7 The shines of heaven rush sweetly in
At all the gaping flaws:
Visions of endless bliss are seen
And native air the draws.
8 O may these walls stand tottering still,
The breaches never close!
If I must here in darkness dwell,
And all this glory lose!
9 Or rather let this flesh decay,
The ruins wider grow,
Till glad to see the enlarged way,
I stretch my pinions through.
The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791
|Instances (1 - 14 of 14)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Choice Selection of Hymns. 2nd ed. #d166||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1833|
|A Choice Selection of Hymns. 6th ed. #d202||A sight of Heaven in sickness||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1843|
|A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d259||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1801|
|A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #463||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1831|
|A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors #183||Heavenly comfort in sickness||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1817|
|Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians, recommended to the serious..(4th ed. improved) #203||A sight of heaven in sickness||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1825|
|Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being formerly a collection (12th ed.) #164||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||1811|
|Hymns for Christian Melody #815||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1835|
|Hymns for the Church on Earth: being three hundred and sixty-six hymns and spiritual songs. (For the most part of modern date.) (New Ed.) #195||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||Watts||1883|
|Hymns of the Church Militant #616||A Sight of Heaven in Sickness||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||1858|
|Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: adapted to private and public worship, selected from various authors #448||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||1839|
|The Christian's Duty: exhibited in a series of hymns collected from various authors designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (2nd ed.) #CCIII||A Sight of Heaven in Sickness||Oft have I sat in secret Sighs||1801||The Frailty of Life ||
|The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.) #CCIII||A Sight of Heaven in Sickness||Oft have I sat in secret Sighs||1791||Frailty of Our Life ||
|The Lexington Collection: being a selection of hymns, and spiritual songs, from the best authors (3rd. ed., corr.) #115||Oft have I sat in secret sighs||1811|