This is the day the Lord hath made

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1 This is the day the Lord has made;
He calls the hours His own;
let heav'n rejoice, let earth be glad,
and praise surround the throne.

2 Today he rose and left the dead,
and Satan's empire fell;
today the saints His triumphs spread,
and all His wonders tell.

3 Hosanna to th'anointed King,
to David's holy Son.
help us, O LORD, descend and bring
salvation from Your throne.

4 Blest be the Lord, who comes to us
with messages of grace;
who comes, in God His Father's name,
to save our sinful race.

Source: Hymns to the Living God #178

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 >


This is the day the Lord hath made, He calls the hours His Own. I. Watts. [Easter-day, or Sunday.] First published in his Psalms of David, 1719, p. 309, as a paraphrase of a portion of the 118th Psalm, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Hosanna; the Lord's Day; or, Christ's Resurrection, and our Salvation." It is in several collections and usually unaltered and unabbreviated. In the Hymnary, 1872, the cento "Behold the tomb its prey restores," is composed of stanza i. new, ii.-iv. from this by Watts, slightly altered, and v. new. It is a successful hymn for Sunday. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Composed by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) as a setting for Paul Gerhardt's "Nun danket all’ und bringet Ehr," GRÄFENBERG was first published in the 1647 edition of Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica. The tune is arbitrarily named after a water-cure spa in Silesia, Austria, which became famous in the 1820…

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