The Lord, Descending From Above

The Lord, descending from above, Invites his children near

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 49 hymnals

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The Lord, descending from above,
Invites his children near,
While power, and truth, and boundless love,
Display their glories here.

Here in thy gospel's wondrous flame
Fresh wisdom we pursue;
A thousand angels learn thy name,
Beyond whate'er they knew.

Thy name is writ in fairest lines,
Thy wonders here we trace;
Wisdom through all the myst'ry shines,
And shines in Jesus' face.

The law its best obedience owes
To our incarnate God;
And thy revenging justice shows
Its honors in his blood.

But still the lustre of thy grace
Our warmer thoughts employs,
Gilds the whole scene with brighter rays,
And more exalts our joys.

Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.126

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 >

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First Line: The Lord, descending from above, Invites his children near
Title: The Lord, Descending From Above
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #d299

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #VIII

Chapel Hymns #d521

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Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #80


Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David (4th ed.) #LI

Hymns Selected #d191

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d190

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Ocean Grove Christian Songs: "The Big Little Book" #135

Parish Psalmody #d766

Parish Psalmody #d780


Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.126

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H237

Sacred Melodies #d244

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Seamen's Hymns #80

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d574

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d525

The Old Baptist Hymn Book #d269

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #122

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d206

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The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #II.CXXVI

The Southern Psalmist #d788

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d828

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