So new-born babes desire the breast,
To feed, and grow, and thrive;
So saints with joy the gospel taste,
And by the gospel live.
[With inward gust their heart approves
All that the word relates;
They love the men their Father loves,
And hate the works he hates.]
[Not all the flatt'ring baits on earth
Can make them slaves to lust;
They can't forget their heav'nly birth,
Nor grovel in the dust.
Not all the chains that tyrants use
Shall bind their souls to vice;
Faith, like a conqueror, can produce
A thousand victories.]
[Grace, like an uncorrupting seed,
Abides and reigns within;
Immortal principles forbid
The sons of God to sin.]
[Not by the terrors of a slave
Do they perform his will,
But with the noblest powers they have
His sweet commands fulfil.]
They find access at every hour
To God within the veil;
Hence they derive a quick'ning power,
And joys that never fail.
O happy souls! O glorious state
Of overflowing grace!
To dwell so near their Father's seat,
And see his lovely face!
Lord, I address thy heav'nly throne;
Call me a child of thine;
Send down the Spirit of thy Son
To form my heart divine.
There shed thy choicest loves abroad,
And make my comforts strong:
Then shall I say, "My Father God!"
With an unwav'ring tongue.
So new-born babes desire the breast. I. Watts. [Christian Life]. Published in his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1709, Book i., No. 143, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines and headed “Characters of the Children of God from several Scriptures." In common use it is usually abridged. Modern hymn-books also contain the following centos therefrom:—
1. As new-born babes desire the breast. In a few collections.
2. Dost thou the high and heavenly One? This, in the American Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, 1864, No. 427, is composed of stanzas ix., vi.-viii. with blight alterations.
3. Father, I wait before Thy throne. An altered form of stanzas ix., x., in the Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, and other American collections.
4. Grace, like an uncorrupted seed. This begins with stanzas v. and is found in a few American hymnals.
5. Immortal principles forbid. This, in the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, is composed of stanzas v.-x., with alterations.
6. Lord, I address Thy heavenly throne. This, in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, is composed of stanzas ix., vi., v., vii., viii., in the order named. This hymn in these various forms is in extensive use.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 28 of 28)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors: for the use of the English Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York #260||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1806|
|A Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of the Baptist Church and all lovers of song #125||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1877|
|A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #311||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1819|
|A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from various authors, chiefly designed for public worship (4th ed.) #126||As new-born babes desire the breast||1811|
|A New and Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of the Regular Baptist Church. 10th ed. #d34||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1877|
|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) #439||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1839|
|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.143||So new-born babes desire the breast||1817|
|Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #578||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1845|
|Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d222||So new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1851|
|Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #I.CXLIII||As new-born babes desire the breast||1793|
|Hymns Selected #d183||So new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1808|
|Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d182||So new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1803|
|Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d20||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1825|
|Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #H75||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1830|
|Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d42||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1843|
|Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.143||So new-born babes desire the breast||Hymn 143||Isaac Watts||C. M.||1806|
|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... #275||As new-born babes desire the breast||1835|
|Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: adapted to private and public worship, selected from various authors #349||As children young desire the breast||Watts||1839|
|The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d30||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1825|
|The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #249||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1859|
|The Choice: in two parts. Part I containing psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs. Designed for public and private worship #H195||As new-born babes desire the breast||Watts||1833|
|The Choice: in two parts; Part I, containing Psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs; designed for public and private worship (6th ed.) #H195||As new-born babes desire the breast||Watts||1856|
|The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #495||So new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1803|
|The Ebenezer Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, with an appendix Consisting of Miscellaneous Pieces. 6th ed. #d30||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1877|
|The Primitive Baptist Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes of early and late composition #175||As new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1881|
|The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d198||So new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1808|
|The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #I.CXLIII||So new-born Babes desire the Breast||1766||Adoption | ; Characters of the Children of God | ; Sons of God ||
|The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #A143||So new born babes desire the breast||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||1842|