With my whole heart I've sought your face,
O let me never stray
from your commands, O God of grace,
nor tread the sinner's way!
I've hid your word within my heart,
to keep my conscience clean;
God, be an everlasting guard
from every rising sin.
My soul, with sacred reverence, needs
the guidance of your word;
my heart, with holy yearning, heeds
the judgments of my Lord.
My God, I long, I hope, I wait
for your salvation still;
your holy law is my delight;
help me obey your will.
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 >
WINCHESTER OLD is a famous common-meter psalm tune, presumably arranged by George Kirbye (b. Suffolk, England, c. 1560; d. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1634) from a melody in Christopher Tye's Acts of the Apostles and published in T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes (1592) set to Psalm 84. Ki…