When the Eternal bows the skies

When the Eternal bows the skies

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 28 hymnals

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1 When the Eternal bows the skies
To visit earthly things,
With scorn divine he turns his eyes,
From towers of haughty kings;

2 He bids his awful chariot roll
Far downward from the skies,
To visit every humble soul,
With pleasure in his eyes.

3 Why should the lord that reigns above
Disdain so lofty kings?
Say, Lord, and why such looks of love,
Upon such worthless things?

4 Mortals be dumb; what creature dares
Dispute his awful will?
Ask no account of his affairs,
But tremble and be still.

5 Just like his nature is his grace,
All sovereign and all free;
Great God, how searchless are thy ways!
How deep thy judgments be!

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians 1800

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 the Eternal bows the skies
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Baptist Harmony #d253

Chapel Hymns #d647

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d345

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New Select Hymns: designed to accompany Watts' Psalms & Hymns #8

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.31.1

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H73

The Baptist Harmony #d436

The Baptist Harmony #d449

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The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #6

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The Harp #46

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #189

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #732

Village Hymns #d639

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