A Psalm before Prayer

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Sing to the Lord Jehovah's name,
in God's great strength rejoice.
God, your salvation is our theme;
exalted be our voice.

With thanks we near your courts above,
rejoicing that we sing
secure in the abiding love
of all creation's King!

We come with humble hearts this hour,
to kneel before your face;
O, may the creatures of your power
be children of your grace!

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #43

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 to the Lord Jehovah's name
Title: A Psalm before Prayer
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




Though no firm documentation exists, ST. ANNE was probably composed by William Croft (PHH 149), possibly when he was organist from 1700-1711 at St. Anne's Church in Soho, London, England. (According to tradition, St. Anne was the mother of the Virgin Mary.) The tune was first published in A Suppleme…

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In Melody and Songs #43

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