When God Revealed His Gracious Name

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1 When GOD revealed His gracious name,
and changed my mournful state,
my rapture seemed a pleasing dream,
the grace appeared so great.

2 The world beheld the glorious change,
and did Thy hand confess;
my tongue broke out in unknown strains,
and sung surprising grace.

3 "Great is the work," my neighbors cried,
and owned Thy pow'r divine;
"Great is the work," my heart replied,
"and be the glory Thine."

4 The LORD can clear the darkest skies,
can give us day for night,
make drops of sacred sorrow rise
to rivers of delight.

5 Let those that sow in sadness wait
till the fair harvest come,
they shall confess their sheaves are great,
and shout the blessings home.

6 Though seed lie buried long in dust,
it shan't deceive their hope;
the precious grain can ne'er be lost,
for grace insures the crop.

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #126

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 revealed His gracious name
Title: When God Revealed His Gracious Name
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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