So new-born babes desire the breast

So new-born babes desire the breast

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 28 hymnals

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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.



Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.143

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: So new-born babes desire the breast
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

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)

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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors: for the use of the English Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York #260Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of the Baptist Church and all lovers of song #125Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #311Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from various authors, chiefly designed for public worship (4th ed.) #126Page Scan
A New and Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of the Regular Baptist Church. 10th ed. #d34
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) #439Page Scan
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.143Page Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #578Page Scan
Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d222
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.CXLIIIPage Scan
Hymns Selected #d183
Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d182
Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d20
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #H75Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d42
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.143Text
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... #275Page Scan
Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: adapted to private and public worship, selected from various authors #349Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d30
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.) #249Page Scan
The Choice: in two parts. Part I containing psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs. Designed for public and private worship #H195
The Choice: in two parts; Part I, containing Psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs; designed for public and private worship (6th ed.) #H195Page Scan
The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #495Page Scan
The Ebenezer Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, with an appendix Consisting of Miscellaneous Pieces. 6th ed. #d30
The Primitive Baptist Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes of early and late composition #175Page Scan
The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d198
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #I.CXLIIITextPage Scan
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.) #A143Page Scan



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