Vast are thy works, almighty Lord

Vast are thy works, almighty Lord

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 29 hymnals

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1 Vast are thy works, almighty Lord!
All nature rests upon thy word.
Thy glories in the heav'ns we see;
The spacious earth is full of thee.

2 The various tribes of creatures stand,
Waiting their portions from thy hand;
And, while they take their diff'rent food,
Their cheerful looks pronounce thee good.

3 Whene'er thy face is hid, they mourn,
And, dying, to their dust return;
Both man and beast their souls resign;
Life, breath, and spirit, all are thine.

4 Yet thou canst breathe on dust again,
And fill the world with beasts and men.
A word of thy creating breath
Repairs the wastes of time and death.

5 The earth stands trembling at thy stroke,
And at thy touch the mountains smoke.
Yet humble souls may see thy face,
And tell their wants to sov'reign grace.

6 In thee my hopes and wishes meet,
And make my meditations sweet.
I to my God, my heav'nly King,
Immortal hallelujahs sing.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #70

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: Vast are thy works, almighty Lord
Author: Isaac Watts

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #79

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #79

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #79

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #362

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #144

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #144

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #70

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Hymns, Selected and Original #70

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Hymns #70

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