When we are raised from deep distress

When we are raised from deep distress

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 29 hymnals

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When we are raised from deep distress,
Our God deserves a song;
We take the pattern of our praise
From Hezekiah's tongue.

The gates of the devouring grave
Are opened wide in vain,
If he that holds the keys of death
Commands them fast again.

Pains of the flesh are wont t' abuse
Our minds with slavish fears:
"Our days are past, and we shall lose
The remnant of our years."

We chatter with a swallow's voice,
Or like a dove we mourn,
With bitterness instead of joys,
Afflicted and forlorn.

Jehovah speaks the healing word,
And no disease withstands;
Fevers and plagues obey the Lord,
And fly at his commands.

If half the strings of life should break,
He can our frame restore;
He casts our sins behind his back,
And they are found no more.

Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #633

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 we are raised from deep distress
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


When we are raised from deep distress. I. Watts. [Hezekiah's Song.] From his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1707. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)



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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #507

A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #d359

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d611

Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d274

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Hymns of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States, as authorized by the General Convention: with an additional selection #122

Hymns Suited to the Feasts and Fasts of the Church ... #d47


Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.55

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Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #389

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Public, Parlour, and Cottage Hymns. A New Selection #I.167

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #633

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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.) #I.LV

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