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Christ's First and Second Coming

Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 192 hymnals

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Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands,
in every tone and tongue;
God's all-embracing grace demands
a new and nobler song.
Let heaven proclaim a joyful day!
Let joy be felt and seen!
Let cities shine in bright array,
and fields wear cheerful green.

Let an unusual joy surprise
the islands of the sea;
let mountains sink, let valleys rise,
prepare the Lord his way.
Say to the nations, Jesus reigns,
God's own almighty Son.
Yield to his rule; for Love sustains,
and grace surrounds his throne.

See how he comes! Christ comes to bless,
to share the love of God;
he shows the world God’s righteousness,
and sends the truth abroad.
Sing to the Lord, ye distant lands,
in every tone and tongue;
God's all-embracing grace demands
a new and nobler song.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #45

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, ye distant lands
Title: Christ's First and Second Coming
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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In Melody and Songs #46


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