Thus Saith the First, the Great Command

Thus saith the first, the great command

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 71 hymnals

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Thus saith the first, the great command,
"Let all thy inward powers unite
To love thy Maker and thy God
With utmost vigor and delight.

"Then shall thy neighbor next in place
Share thine affections and esteem,
And let thy kindness to thyself
Measure and rule thy love to him."

This is the sense that Moses spoke,
This did the prophets preach and prove;
For want of this the law is broke,
And the whole law's fulfilled by love.

But O! how base our passions are!
How cold our charity and zeal!
Lord, fill our souls with heav'nly fire,
Or we shall ne'er perform thy will.



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #106

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: Thus saith the first, the great command
Title: Thus Saith the First, the Great Command
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #195

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #315

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #315

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #350

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #359

A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d489

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A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #HXXI

A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 2nd ed. #d154

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A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 1st ed. #CXXII

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d387

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #XXI

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #XXI

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Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #501

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d528

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Church Hymn Book; consisting of hymns and psalms, original and selected. adapted to public worship and many other occasions. 2nd ed. #83

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d101

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #355

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #355

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Hymns for Christian Melody #73

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #375

Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d245

Hymns of Progress #d197

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Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #128

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of the Unitarian Church in Washington #d154

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d724

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.116

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d423

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs ... for the Use of the United Church of Christ, Commonly Called Free Will Baptist #d299

Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d476

Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d474

The Christian Psalter #d576

The Church Hymn Book #d1026

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The Gospel Psalmist #400

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The Harp #470

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The Lyrica: a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, adapted to general use #55

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #736

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #106

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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.) #I.CXVI

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #246

The Universalist Hymn Book: a New Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Universalist Societies. 4th ed. #d461

Universalist Hymn Book #d559

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Year of Worship for Sunday Schools and Homes #24

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