Why should the mighty make their boast

Why should the mighty make their boast

Author: Joel Barlow
Tune: HAVEN (Hastings)
Published in 24 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Why should the mighty make their boast,
And heav'nly grace despise?
In their own arm they put their trust,
And fill their mouth with lies.

2 But God in vengeance shall destroy,
And drive them from his face;
No more shall they his church annoy,
Nor find on earth a place.

3 But like a cultur'd olive grow,
Drest in immortal green,
Thy children blooming in thy love,
Amid thy courts are seen.

4 On thine eternal grace, O Lord,
Thy saints shall rest secure,
And all who trust thy holy word,
Shall find salvation sure.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.LII

Author: Joel Barlow

Barlow, Joel, born at Reading, Connecticut, 1755 [sic], graduated at Yale 1778, and died near Cracow, Poland, 1812, He was well known as an author and politician during and after the American Revolution. His publications include Hasty Pudding; Columbia, &c. In 1785, at the request of the (Congregational) General Association of Connecticut, he corrected and enlarged Dr. Watts's Psalms, supplying those omitted by Watts, and adapting the whole to American thought and circumstances. This work, published in 1786, went through various editions, and, although officially superseded by Dwight in 1800, it continued to be issued for many years after. Its title is somewhat curious as setting forth its design. It reads:— Psalms carefully suited to the… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Why should the mighty make their boast
Author: Joel Barlow
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 24 of 24)

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d630

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1185

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Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #104a

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David (4th ed.) #97a

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d943

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: a manual of worship for the church of Christ #91

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P52.2

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