Hell; or Vengeance of God

With holy fear and humble song

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 22 hymnals

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With holy fear and humble song,
The dreadful God our souls adore;
Rev'rence and awe become the tongue
That speaks the terrors of his power.

Far in the deep where darkness dwells,
The land of horror and despair,
Justice has built a dismal hell,
And laid her stores of vengeance there.

[Eternal plagues, and heavy chains,
Tormenting racks, and fiery coals,
And darts t' inflict immortal pains,
Dyed in the blood of damned souls.]

[There Satan, the first sinner, lies,
And roars, and bites his iron bands;
In vain the rebel strives to rise,
Crushed with the weight of both thy hands.]

There guilty ghosts of Adam's race
Shriek out, and howl beneath thy rod
Once they could scorn a Savior's grace,
But they incensed a dreadful God.

Tremble, my soul, and kiss the Son;
Sinners, obey the Savior's call;
Else your damnation hastens on,
And hell gapes wide to wait your fall.

Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #685

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: With holy fear and humble song
Title: Hell; or Vengeance of God
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 22 of 22)

A Choice Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #VII

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d446

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d635

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #XXXIX

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #XXXIX

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #H.XXXIX

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #II.XLIV

Hymns of Zion #d239

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Hymns selected from various authors #477


Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.44

Revival Hymns. 4th ed. #d140

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d644

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The Columbian Repository #548

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #685

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The Psalms of David #II.XLIV

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #B44

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The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal #II.154

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