Up from my youth, may Isr'el say

Up from my youth, may Isr'el say

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 34 hymnals

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Up from my youth, may Isr'el say,
Have I been nursed in tears;
My griefs were constant as the day,
And tedious as the years.

Up from my youth I bore the rage
Of all the sons of strife;
Oft they assailed my riper age,
But not destroyed my life.

Their cruel plow had torn my flesh
With furrows long and deep;
Hourly they vexed my wounds afresh,
Nor let my sorrows sleep.

The Lord grew angry on his throne,
And, with impartial eye,
Measured the mischiefs they had done,
Then let his arrows fly.

How was their insolence surprised
To hear his thunders roll!
And all the foes of Zion seized
With horror to the soul!

Thus shall the men that hate the saints
Be blasted from the sky;
Their glory fades, their courage faints
And all their projects die.

[What though they flourish tall and fair,
They have no root beneath;
Their growth shall perish in despair,
And lie despised in death.]

[So corn that on the house-top stands
No hope of harvest gives;
The reaper ne'er shall fill his hands,
Nor binder fold the sheaves.

It springs and withers on the place;
No traveller bestows
A word of blessing on the grass,
Nor minds it as he goes.]



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #466

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: Up from my youth, may Isr'el say
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #247

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David (4th ed.) #232

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The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament. #241b

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #Ps.297

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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.) #P129

Parish Psalmody #d869

Parish Psalmody #d885

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d858

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d858

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #466

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P129

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