Thy favors, Lord, surprise our souls

Thy favors, Lord, surprise our souls

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 23 hymnals

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Thy favors, Lord, surprise our souls;
Will the Eternal dwell with us?
What canst thou find beneath the poles
To tempt thy chariot downward thus?

Still might he fill his starry throne,
And please his ears with Gabriel's songs;
But th' heav'nly Majesty comes down,
And bows to hearken to our tongues.

Great God! what poor returns we pay
For love so infinite as thine!
Words are but air, and tongues but clay;
But thy compassion's all divine.

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

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First Line: Thy favors, Lord, surprise our souls
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d779
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #563Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #563Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d495
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #316Page Scan
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #WH.II.45Page Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #189Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #60Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #II.XLVPage Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #4Page Scan
Hymns of Zion #d213
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.45Text
Sacred Poetry and Music Reconciled; or a Collection of Hymns, Original and Compiled #104Page Scan
Select Hymns #d452
Select Hymns: adapted to the devotional exercises of the Baptist denomination (2nd ed.) #4Page Scan
The Brick Church Hymns, Designed for the Use of Social Prayer Meetings and Families, selected from the most approved authors #99Page Scan
The Christian Psalter #d578
The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #549Page Scan
The Harp #47Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #423Page Scan
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #II.XLVTextPage Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #B45Page Scan
The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal: Revised: collected from various authors. Designed for the worship of God in all Christian churches. #II.155Page Scan
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