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Govern Power and Goodness; or Our Grace Tried by Afflictions

Sing, all ye nations, to the Lord

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 49 hymnals

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1 Sing, all ye nations to the Lord,
Sing with a joyful noise;
With melody of sound record
His honours and your joys.

2 Say to the Pow'r that form'd the sky,
"How terrible art thou!
"Sinners before thy presence fly,
"Or at thy feet they bow."

3 [Come see the wonders of our God,
How glorious are his ways?
In Moses’ hand he puts his rod,
And clave the frighted seas.

4 He made the ebbing channel dry,
While Isr'el pass'd the flood;
There did the church begin their joy,
And triumph in their God.]

5 He rules by his resistless might:
Will rebel-mortals dare
Provoke th’Eternal to the fight,
And tempt that dreadful war?

6 O bless our God, and never cease,
Ye saints, fulfil his praise;
He keeps our life, maintains our peace,
And guides our doubtful ways.

7 Lord, thou hast prov'd our suff'ring souls
To make our graces shine;
So silver bears the burning coals,
The metal to refine.

8 Thro' wat'ry deeps, and fiery ways
We march at thy command;
Led to possess the promis'd place
By thine unerring hand.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.LXVI.I

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: Sing, all ye nations, to the Lord
Title: Govern Power and Goodness; or Our Grace Tried by Afflictions
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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