With Joy We Meditate the Grace

With joy we meditate the grace

Author: Isaac Watts
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1 With joy we meditate the grace
of our High Priest above;
his heart is made of tenderness,
and ever yearns with love.

2 Touched with a sympathy within,
he knows our feeble frame;
he knows what sore temptations mean
for he has felt the same.

3 He in the days of feeble flesh
poured out his cries and tears;
and, in his measure, feels afresh
what every member bears.

4 He'll never quench the smoking flax,
but raise it to a flame;
the bruisèd reed he never breaks,
nor scorns the meanest name.

5 Then let our humble faith address
his mercy and his power:
we shall obtain delivering grace
in every needful hour.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #824

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 >

Notes

With joy we meditate the grace. I. Watts. [Our High Priest.] Published in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1709, Bk. i., No. 125, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. J. Wesley included it with the omission of stanza iii. in his Charlestown Psalms & Hymns, 1736-7, and again in the Psalms & Hymns, 1743. From the latter it passed into G. Whitefield's Collection of Hymns, 1759, M. Madan's Psalms & Hymns, 1760, and others. This text, with slight alterations, was given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1875. Another text, found mostly in the Church of England collections, is from Toplady's Psalms and Hymns, 1776, with additional alterations of a later date, the principal sources of which are Stowell, 1831; Bickersteth, 1833, and Elliott, 1835. In common with many of Watts's longer hymns, most forms of the text are abbreviated, and the number and arrangement of stanzas vary considerably. These can be tested by any modern edition of the Hymns & Spiritual Songs. In Harland's Church Psalter & Hymnal, 1876, it begins, "With joy we celebrate the grace"; and in the Down and Connor Hymn Book, 1863,"With joy we contemplate the grace." Another form of this hymn was given in the 1745 Draft of the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, No. 8. This began, "Jesus, the Lord, Who once on earth," and was composed of stanzas i., ii., new, and the rest from Watts, stanzas i.-iv. and vi., with stanza i. l.1. 1, 2, altered. In the 1751 revised edition of the Draft it was slightly altered, and there began, "Jesus, the Son of God, Who once." Stanza vii. was also rewritten as stanza vii., viii. These alterations have been ascribed to Hugh Blair. The 1751 text was given in the authorized issue of the Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, with stanzas v., vii., viii. rewritten. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W Cameron, the 1781 alterations are ascribed to him. In Miss Jane E. Leeson's Paraphrases & Hymns, 1853, the text is reduced to 4 stanzas, and begins with stanza iii., "To human weakness not severe." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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The Cyber Hymnal #7555TextScoreAudio
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #B.XIText
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament, faithully translated into English metre: being the New England Psalm Book (Rev. and Improved) #XLTextPage Scan
A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #HLVIIITextPage Scan
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #LVIIIText
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #LVIIIText
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #I.CXXVTextPage Scan
The Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament, faithfully translated into English Metre: being the New-England Psalm-Book, revised and improved... (2nd ed.) #XLTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David: to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian church in general (Corr. and enl.) #H.XXIVTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David, corrected and enlarged, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (2nd ed.) #XXIVTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's imitation of the Psalms of David, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (3rd ed.) #XXIVTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #XXIVTextPage Scan
A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors #CXLIVTextPage Scan
A Pocket hymn-book, designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors #144
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #CXIVTextPage Scan
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Pocket Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d278
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The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.) #CCCXXXVITextPage Scan
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A Hymn and Prayer-Book: for the use of such Lutheran churches as Use the English language #53Page Scan
Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #H.CCXCIIPage Scan
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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under appointment of the Philadelphian Association (2nd ed) #114Page Scan
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Pocket Hymn Book, Designed as a Constant Companion. 25th ed. #d281
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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors: for the use of the English Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York #95Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.125Text
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The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 35th ed. #d300
The Middlesex Collection of Church Music: or, ancient psalmody revived: containing a variety of psalm tunes, the most suitable to be used in divine service (2nd ed. rev. cor. and enl.) #126Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from various authors, chiefly designed for public worship (4th ed.) #29Page Scan
The Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. Rev. #d305
Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d559
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. Rev. ed. #d913
The Latest Collection of Original and Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #142Page Scan
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #WH.I.125Page Scan
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d560
Musica Sacra; or Springfield and Utica Collections United #d175
The Gospel Hymn Book: being a selection of hymns, composed by different authors designed for the use of the church universal and adapted to public and private devotion #182Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #196Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. (New and Rev. ed.) #154Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association (4th ed.) #114Page Scan
Musica Sacra: or, Springfield and Utica Collections United: consisting of Psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, and chants (2nd revised ed.) #38Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #379Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d273
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #165
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Public, Parlour, and Cottage Hymns. A New Selection #I.88Page Scan
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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #147Page Scan
The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal: Revised: collected from various authors. Designed for the worship of God in all Christian churches. #I.154Page Scan
The Reformed Methodist Pocket Hymnal: Revised: collected from various authors. Designed for the worship of God in all Christian churches. #II.108Page Scan
The Sacred Lyre #d339
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Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #H61Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H91Page Scan
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Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #91Page Scan
Melodies of the Church: a collection of psalms and hymns adapted to publick and social worship, seasons of revival, monthly concerts of prayer, and various similar occasions... #d1146
Additional Hymns, Designed as a Supplement to Dwight's Psalms & Hymns #d215
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1193
Sabbath School Psalmody #d56
The Choice: in two parts. Part I containing psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs. Designed for public and private worship #H75
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A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Used at Camp and Prayer Meetings #d239
Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d438
The Lyrica: a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, adapted to general use #87Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, intended for the use of the citizens of Zion, whose privilege it is to sing the high praises of God, while passing through the wilderness, to their glorious inheritance above. #19Page Scan
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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship: and approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America: the latter being arranged according to subjects... #30Page Scan
The American Repository of Sacred Music #d180
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #206TextPage Scan
The Universalist Hymn-Book: a new collection of psalms and hymns, for the use of Universalist Societies (Stereotype ed.) #82Page Scan
Virginia Selection of Psalms #d503
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d374
The African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymn Book #d481
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #191Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #37Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d393
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: with the music of Mason's Sacred Harp and Missouri Harmony adapted #257Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #220Page Scan
Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: adapted to private and public worship, selected from various authors #150Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (8th ed.) #37Page Scan
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d282
The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #165Page Scan
The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns: with copious selections from other sources; the whole carefully revised and arranged, with directions for musical expression #66Page Scan

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