What vain desires and passions vain
Attend this mortal clay!
Oft have they pierced my soul with pain,
And drawn my heart astray.
How have I wandered from my God!
And, following sin and shame,
In this vile world of flesh and blood
Defiled my nobler frame!
For ever blessed be thy grace
That formed my soul anew,
And made it of a heav'n-born race,
Thy glory to pursue.
My spirit holds perpetual war,
And wrestles and complains;
But views the happy moment near
That shall dissolve its chains.
Cheerful in death I close my eyes
To part with every lust;
And charge my flesh, whene'er it rise,
To leave them in the dust.
My purer spirit shall not fear
To put this body on;
Its tempting powers no more are there,
Its lusts and passions gone!
The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts
What vain desires and passions vain, p. 1239, i., No. 196, This appeared in Watts's Sermons, vol. i., 1721.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
|Instances (1 - 8 of 8)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #334||What vain desires and passions vain||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1819|
|Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #868||What vain desires and passions vain||1864||Life and Death ||
|Hymns for Christian Melody #409||What vain desires and passions vain||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1835|
|Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.22.2||Hymn 22 Part 2||What vain desires and passions vain||Isaac Watts||C. M.||Romans 8:1||1806|
|Supplement to Watts: a Selection of More than Five Hundred Hymns, from the Most Approved Authors on a Great Variety of Subjects ... #d456||What vain desires and passions vain||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1832|
|The Ebenezer Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, with an appendix Consisting of Miscellaneous Pieces. 6th ed. #d615||What vain desires and passions vain||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1877|
|The Old Baptist Hymn Book #d304||What vain desires and passions vain||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1842|
|The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #177||What vain desires and passions vain||Isaac Watts||C. M.||Romans 8:1; Psalm 102:13-21||1835||Hearing | of prayer and salvation; Praise | for hearing prayer; Afflictions | very great; Church | restored by prayer; God | eternal, and man mortal; Mortality | and God's eternity; Afflicted | their prayer; Christ | his Godhead; Christ | the eternal Creator; Complaint | general; Man | mortal, and Christ eternal; Prayer | heard and Zion restored; Saints | die, but Christ lives|