Behold the sons, the heirs of God

Behold the sons, the heirs of God

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 35 hymnals

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1 Behold the sons, the heirs of God,
So dearly bought with Jesu's blood!
Are they not born to heavenly joys,
And shall they stoop to earthly toys?

2 Can laughter feed the immortal mind?
Were spirits of celestial kind
Made for a jest, for sport and play,
To wear out time and waste the day?

3 Doth vain discourse, or empty mirth,
Well suit the honors of their birth?
Shall they be fond of gay attire,
Which children love, and fools admire?

4 Lord, with a heaven-directed eye,
We'll pass these glittering trifles by.
Oh, raise our hearts and passions higher;
Touch our vain souls with sacred fire;

6 Then we will look on toys below
With such disdain as angels do;
And wait the call that bids us rise
To mansions promised in the skies.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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: Behold the sons, the heirs of God
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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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 #302Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #600Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns & Spiritual Songs, for Public and Family Worship #d17
A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship approved by the Presbytery of Charleston #d24
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d60
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed (especially the former part) for the use of congregations as an appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymn #H.CXXXVIII
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: in two parts, part I. containing the hymns; part II. containing the songs...(3rd ed. corr. and enl. by author) #H.CXXXVIIIPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors.: including a great number of originals: intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. (Woodward's rev. and corr. ed.; Sterotype ed.) #229Page Scan
Choice Hymns: for social and private devotion, Lord's Day schools and revivals. (2nd ed.) #76Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs (New ed.) #60Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #451Page Scan
Hymns Selected #d23
Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d23
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d54
Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d53
Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #H.XXXIIIPage Scan
Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, intended to be an Appendix to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #CCXXIXPage Scan
Spiritual Melodies #d36
Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d39
Supplement to Watts: a Selection of More than Five Hundred Hymns, from the Most Approved Authors on a Great Variety of Subjects ... #d43
The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #293Page Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors to which are added, a number never before published. #136Page Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CXXXVITextPage Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CXXXVITextPage Scan
The Lexington Collection: being a selection of hymns, and spiritual songs, from the best authors (3rd. ed., corr.) #133Page Scan
The New England Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: adapted to prayer, conference and camp-meetings #37
The Providence Selection of Hymns, Supplementary to Dr. Watts. #d35
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #947Page Scan
The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d24
The Young Convert's Companion: Being a Collection of Hymns for the Use of Conference Meetings #d16
Village Hymns #d63
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (2nd ed.) #195Page Scan
Village hymns for social worship, selected and original: designed as a supplement to Dr. Watts's Psalms and hymns (Stereotyped ed.) #195Page Scan
Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original: designed as a supplement to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts (6th ed.) #195Page Scan
Zion's Hymns, for the Use of the Original Free-Will Baptist Church of North Carolina #d35



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