Above these heavens' created rounds

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Above the heavens’ created rounds,
your mercies, God, extend;
your truth outlives the narrow bounds
where time and nature end.

Your justice, Lord, maintains your throne,
though mountains melt away;
your judgments are a love unknown,
a deep unfathomed sea.

How excellent is your great love,
whence all our safety springs!
O never let my soul remove
from underneath your wings.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #16

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: Above these heavens' created rounds
Author: Isaac Watts


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