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A Morning Song

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1 Once more, my soul, the rising day
Salutes thy waking eyes;
Once more, my voice thy tribute pay
To Him that rules the skies.

2 Night unto night His name repeats,
The day renews the sound,
Wide as the heavens on which He sits,
To turn the seasons round.

3 'Tis He supports my mortal frame;
My tongue shall speak His praise.
My sins might rouse His wrath to flame,
And yet His wrath delays.

4 O God, let all my hours be Thine
While I enjoy the light,
Then shall my sun in smiles decline
And bring a pleasant night.


Source: African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #31

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: Once more, my soul, the rising day
Title: A Morning Song
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




MORNING SONG is a folk tune that has some resemblance to the traditional English tune for "Old King Cole." The tune appeared anonymously in Part II of John Wyeth's (PHH 486) Repository of Sacred Music (1813). In 1816 it was credited to "Mr. Dean," which some scholars believe was a misprinted referen…

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #31

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The Shenandoah Harmony #24A

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