1 We sing the wise, the gracious plan,
Which God devis'd ere time began,
At length disclos'd in all its light;
We bless the wondrous birth of love,
Which beams around us from above,
With grace so free and hope so bright.
2 Here has the wise eternal mind
In Christ, their common head, conjoined
Gentiles and Jews, and earth and heaven.
Through him from the great Father's throne,
Rivers of bliss come rolling down,
And endless peace and life are giv'n.
3 No more the awful cherubs guard
The tree of life with flaming sword,
To drive afar man's trembling race.
At Salem's pearly gates they stand,
And smiling wait, a friendly band,
To welcome strangers to the place.
4 While we expect that glorious sight,
Love shall our hearts with theirs unite,
And ardent hope our bosoms raise.
From earth's low cottages of clay,
To those resplendent realms of day.
We'll try to send the sounding praise.
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 >
Display Title: We sing the wise, the gracious planFirst Line: We sing the wise, the gracious planMeter: P. M.Date: 1828Subject: Salvation in Christ for Jew and Gentiles | ; Salvation through Jesus Christ | Addresses to Christ and gratitude for redeeming love