What is our God, or what his name

What is our God, or what his name

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 53 hymnals

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1 What is our God, or what his name,
Nor men can learn, nor angels teach;
He dwells concealed in radiant flame,
Where neither eyes nor thoughts can reach.

2 The spacious worlds of heavenly light,
Compared with him, how short they fall!
They are too dark, and he too bright,
Nothing are they, and God is all.

3 He spoke that wondrous word,and lo!
Creation arose at his command:
Whirlwinds and seas their limits know,
Bound in the hollow of his hand,

4 There rests the earth, there roll the spheres,
There nature leans, and feels her prop:
But his own self-sufficience bears
The weight of his own glories up.

5 The tide of creatures ebbs and flows,
Measuring their changes by the moon:
No ebb his sea of glory knows:
His age is one eternal noon.

6 Then fly, my song, an endless round,
The lofty tune let Michael raise;
All nature dwell upon the sound,
But we can ne'er fulfill the praise.

Select Psalms and Hymns for the Use of Mr. Adgate's Pupils, 1787

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: What is our God, or what his name
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d835

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #2

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d346

A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d310

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d581

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #20

Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d351

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #16

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #16

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d472

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Hymns for Christian Melody #15

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Hymns for Social Worship: collected from various authors #23

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #16

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #16

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #16

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #16

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New Select Hymns: designed to accompany Watts' Psalms & Hymns #1

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #123

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #23

The Christian Psalter #d618

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #8

The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d453

The Harmonia Sacra. 14th ed. #d345

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The Primitive Baptist Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes of early and late composition #5

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #102

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #738

The Southern Psalmist #d912

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d961

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The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #44

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