When In the Light of Faith Divine

When in the light of faith divine

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: ARUNDEL (11235)
Published in 56 hymnals

Representative Text

1 When in the light of faith divine
We look on things below,
Honor, and gold, and sensual joy,
How vain and dangerous too!

2 Honor's a puff of noisy breath;
Yet men expose their blood,
And venture everlasting deat
To gain that airy good.

3 Whilst others starve the nobler mind,
And feed on shining dust,
They rob the serpent of his food
T'indulge a sordid lust.

4 The pleasures that allure our sense
Are dangerous snares to souls;
There's but a drop of flattering sweet,
And dash'd with bitter bowls.

5 God is mine all-sufficient good,
My portion and my choice;
In him my vast desires are fill'd,
And all my powers rejoice.

6 In vain the world accosts my ear,
And tempts my heart anew;
I cannot buy your bliss so dear,
Nor part with heaven for you.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #57

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 >

Text Information

First Line: When in the light of faith divine
Title: When In the Light of Faith Divine
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #672

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #57

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #265

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #265

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #256

Chapel Hymns #d634

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1144

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

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Hymns for Christian Melody #83

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d234

Hymns Selected #d234

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d234

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #95

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #95

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #95

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #95

Parish Psalmody #d920

Parish Psalmody #d936

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d904

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.101

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H286

The Christian Hymn Book (Ohio Auglaize Christian Conference) #d282

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The Christian Hymn-Book (Corr. and Enl., 3rd. ed.) #71

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #454

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d255

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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.) #II.CI

The Southern Psalmist #d933

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d982

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