Why should this earth delight us so?

Why should this earth delight us so?

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 37 hymnals

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1 Why should this earth delight us so?
Why should we fix our eyes
On these low grounds where sorrows grow,
And every pleasure dies ?

2 While time his sharpest teeth prepares,
Our comforts to devour,
There is a land above the stars,
And joys above his power.

3 Nature shall be dissolv'd and die,
The sun must end his race,
The earth and sea for ever fly
Before the Savior's face.

4 When will that glorious morning rise?
When the last trumpet sound,
And call the nations to the skies,
From underneath the ground?

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #58

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: Why should this earth delight us so?
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 #628

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #58

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d370

A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d311

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d442

Baptist Harmony #d256

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #866

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #96

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #96

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #96

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #96

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d1154

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.164

Sacred Melodies #d289

The African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymn Book #d478

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #458

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