Though trouble springs not from the dust

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1 Though trouble springs not from the dust,
nor sorrow from the ground;
yet ills on ills, by Heav’n’s decree,
in man’s estate are found.
2 As sparks in close succession rise,
so man, the child of woe,
is doom'd to endless cares and toils
through all his life below.

3 But with my God I leave my cause;
from him I seek relief;
to him, in confidence of pray'r
unbosom all my grief.
4 Unnumbered are his wondrous works,
unsearchable his ways;
’tis his the mourning soul to cheer,
the bowed down to raise.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymnbook #R5

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: Though trouble springs not from the dust
Author: Isaac Watts
Copyright: Public Domain


ST. PETER (Reinagle)

Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…

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