When God restored our captive state

When God restored our captive state

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 35 hymnals

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When God restored our captive state,
Joy was our song, and grace our theme;
The grace beyond our hopes so great
That joy appeared a painted dream.

The scoffer owns thy hand, and pays
Unwilling honors to thy name;
While we with pleasure shout thy praise,
With cheerful notes thy love proclaim.

When we review our dismal fears,
'Twas hard to think they'd vanish so;
With God we left our flowing tears,
He makes our joys like rivers flow.

The man that in his furrowed field
His scattered seed with sadness leaves,
Will shout to see the harvest yield
A welcome load of joyful sheaves.



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #507

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: When God restored our captive state
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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A Pastor's Selection of Hymns and Tunes: for Worship in the Church and Family #475

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d1033

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Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #244

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David (4th ed.) #229b

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David, corrected and enlarged, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (2nd ed.) #244

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Doctor Watts's imitation of the Psalms of David, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (3rd ed.) #229b

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #909

Parish Psalmody #d912

Parish Psalmody #d928

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d888

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #Ps.292

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P126.1

Select Melodies, comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use #d266

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #507

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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.) #P126a

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The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament. #238b

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