Adam, our father and our headAuthor: Isaac Watts
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1 Adam our father and our head,
Transgressed, and justice doomed us dead;
The fiery law speaks all despair,
There's no reprieve nor pardon there.
2 Call a bright council in the skies;
Seraphs the mighty and the wise,
Speak; are you strong to bear the load,
The weighty vengeance of a God?
3 In vain we ask; for all around
Stand silent through the heavenly ground;
There's not a glorious mind above
Has half the strength, or half the love.
4 But O! unmeasureable grace!
The eternal Son takes Adam's place;
Down to our world the Savior flies,
Stretches his arms, and bleeds, and dies.
5 Amazing work! look down, ye skies,
Wonder and gaze with all your eyes;
Ye saints below and saints above,
And bow to this mysterious love.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799
Adam, our father and our head. I. Watts. [The Fall.] Appeared in his Horae Lyricae, 1706, in 13 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Jesus the only Saviour." Its use as a complete hymn is unknown. A cento therefrom of 5 stanzas was given in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, No. US, composed of stanzas i., ii., iv., v., and vii. This has passed into common use to a very limited extent.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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