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Baptism of Growh Persons

'Twas the commission of our Lord

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 101 hymnals

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1 'Twas the commission of our Lord,
Go, teach the nations, and baptize;
The nations have received the word,
Since he ascended to the skies.

2 He sits upon th' eternal hills,
With grace and pardon in his hands,
And sends his covenant with the seals,
To bless the distant heathen lands.

3 Repent and be baptized, he saith,
In token of forgiven sins;
And thus our sense assists our faith,
And shows us what the gospel means.

4 Hence, we engage ourselves to thee,
And seal our cov'nant with the Lord;
Oh, may the great eternal Three
In heaven our solemn vows record.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #478

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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