Arise, my soul, my joyful powers

Arise, my soul, my joyful powers

Author: Isaac Watts
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Arise, my soul, my joyful powers,
And triumph in my God;
Awake, my voice, and loud proclaim
His glorious grace abroad.

He raised me from the deeps of sin,
The gates of gaping hell,
And fixed my standing more secure
Than 'twas before I fell.

The arms of everlasting love
Beneath my soul he placed;
And on the Rock of ages set
My slipp'ry footsteps fast.

The city of my blest abode
Is wailed around with grace,
Salvation for a bulwark stands
To shield the sacred place.

Satan may vent his sharpest spite,
And all his legions roar;
Almighty mercy guards my life,
And bounds his raging power.

Arise, my soul; awake, my voice,
And tunes of pleasure sing;
Loud hallelujahs shall address
My Savior and my King.

Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.82

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: Arise, my soul, my joyful powers
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


Arise, my soul, my joyful powers. I. Watts. [Redemption.] First published in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707, Bk. ii., No. 82, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Redemption and Protection from Spiritual Enemies." Its use, generally in an abbreviated form, has been and still is limited, in Great Britain, but is somewhat extensive in America.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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