Attend, while God's exalted Son

Attend, while God's exalted Son

Author: Isaac Watts
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Attend, while God's exalted Son
Doth his own glories show:
"Behold, I sit upon my throne,
Creating all things new.

"Nature and sin are passed away,
And the old Adam dies;
My hands a new foundation lay,
See the new world arise.

"I'll be a Sun of Righteousness
To the new heav'ns I make;
None but the new-born heirs of grace
My glories shall partake."

Mighty Redeemer! set me free
From my old state of sin;
O make my soul alive to thee,
Create new powers within.

Renew mine eyes, and form mine ears,
And mold my heart afresh;
Give me new passions, joys, and fears,
And turn the stone to flesh.

Far from the regions of the dead,
From sin, and earth, and hell,
In the new world that grace has made,
I would for ever dwell.

Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.130

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: Attend, while God's exalted Son
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


Attend, while God's exalted Son. J. Watts. [New Creation.] First published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1709, Book ii., No. 130, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The New Creation." It is in limited use in Great Britain and America. The hymn, "Mighty Redeemer, set me free," found in a few collections including the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, is composed of stanzas iv.-vi. of this hymn.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



This tune is the first four lines of the Welsh traditional tune MEN OF HARLECH, q.v.

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