Who will arise and plead my right
and guard from numerous foes?
When earth and hell increase my plight,
my anxious worry grows!
"God, hold my sliding feet," I cried.
"Your statutes are my stay;
your mercies, constant by my side,
must guide me in your way.
“God, no attacks of mournful thoughts
can shake my inner peace.
Your love protects from others’ faults;
your guidance does not cease.
No works of mischief can arise
to set aside your laws,
for you, our refuge, rule the skies!
God, you defend my cause.”
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 >
ST. MATTHEW was published in the Supplement to the New Version of Psalms by Dr. Brady and Mr. Tate (1708), where it was set to Psalm 33 and noted as a new tune. The editor of the Supplement, William Croft (PHH 149), may be the composer of ST. MATTHEW. One of the longer British psalm tunes, it has a…
Display Title: Who will arise and plead my rightFirst Line: Who will arise and plead my rightTune Title: GOSHENAuthor: Isaac WattsMeter: CMDScripture: Psalm 94Date: 2014Source: Psalm 94, 2nd Part, alt.