Thy names, how infinite they be

Thy names, how infinite they be

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 27 hymnals

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1 Thy names, how infinite they be!
Great Everlasting one!
Boundless thy might and majesty,
And unconfined thy throne.

2 Thy glories shine of wondrous size,
And wondrous large thy grace:
Immortal day breaks from thine eyes,
And Gabriel veils his face.

3 Thine essence is a vast abyss,
Which angels cannot sound,
An ocean of infinites,
Where all our thoughts are drowned.

4 Thy mysteries of creation lie
Beneath enlightened minds;
Thoughts can ascend above the sky,
And fly before the winds.

5 Reason may grasp the massy hills,
And stretch from pole to pole,
But half thy name our spirit fills,
And overloads our soul.

6 In vain our haughty reason swells,
For nothing's found in thee
But boundless inconceivables,
And vast eternity.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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 names, how infinite they be
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



Instances (1 - 27 of 27)

A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #d158

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #XLII

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #21

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #11

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d447

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Hymns for Christian Melody #23

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New Select Hymns: designed to accompany Watts' Psalms & Hymns #2

The American Repository of Sacred Music #d158

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d561

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #9

The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d422

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #724

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