Before Jehovah's awful throne

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1 Before Jehovah's aweful throne,
ye nations, bow with sacred joy;
know that the Lord is God alone:
he can create, and he destroy.

2 His sovereign power, without our aid,
made us of clay, and formed us then;
and, when like wandering sheep we strayed,
he brought us to his fold again.

3 We'll crowd thy gates with thankful songs,
high as the heavens our voices raise;
and earth, with her ten thousand tongues,
shall fill thy courts with sounding praise.

4 Wide as the world is thy command,
vast as eternity thy love;
firm as a rock thy truth must stand,
when rolling years shall cease to move.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #597

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 >

Tune

OLD HUNDREDTH

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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Instances

Instances (1 - 17 of 17)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #597Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #387Page Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #391Text
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #197
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #15Text
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #68
Lutheran Worship #454Text
Moravian Book of Worship #455TextPage Scan
Old-Line Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1
Primitive Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #2Tune Info
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #82
Small Church Music #1457Audio
Small Church Music #3606Audio
The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #3
The Cyber Hymnal #415TextScoreAudio
The New Harp of Columbia, Restored Edition #11
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #65TextPage Scan
Include 855 pre-1979 instances



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