Blest be the everlasting GodAuthor: Isaac Watts
Published in 175 hymnals
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1 Blest be the everlasting God
the Father of our Lord!
Be his abounding mercy praised,
his majesty adored!
2 When from the dead he raised his Son,
and called him to the sky,
he gave our souls a lively hope
that they should never die.
3 To an inheritance divine
he taught our hearts to rise;
'tis uncorrupted, undefiled,
unfading in the skies.
4 Saints by the power of God are kept,
till the salvation come:
we walk by faith as strangers here,
but Christ shall call us home.
Source: Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #424
Bless'd be the everlasting God. I. Watts. [Easter.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1707, Book i., No. 26, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Hope of Heaven by the Resurrection of Christ." Its use sometimes as "Blessed," and again as "Blest,” &c, is not extensive. Original text in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, No. 841. In the Draft Scottish Translations & Paraphrases, 1745, it is given as No. xl. in an unaltered form. In the authorized issue of the Translations & Paraphrases, &c, in 1781, No. lxi. stanza iii. was omitted, the third stanza in this arrangement being altered from the original, which reads in Watts:—
'Tis uncorrupted, undefil'd,
And cannot fade away.
“There's an inheritance
Reserv'd against that day;
The recast text of 1781, which has been in use in the Church of Scotland for 100 years, is claimed by W. Cameron (q. v.), in his list of authors and revisers of that issue, as his own. Full text in modern copies of the Scottish Psalms, &c.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 8 of 8)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #667||Blessed be the everlasting God||Blessed be the everlasting God||2000|
|Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #424||Blest be the everlasting God||Blest be the everlasting God||BISHOPTHORPE||CM||1 Peter 1:3-9||2005||Christ Risen | Resurrection and Exaltation; The Church Celebrates | Oneness with the Church in Heaven; Eternal Life | ; Jesus | resurrection||<cite>Scottish Paraphrases</cite>, 1781|
|Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #139||Blest be the everlasting God||Blest be the everlasting God||BURFORD||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||CM||1 Peter 1:2-4; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Hebrews 11:13; John 11:26||2000||Easter | ; Easter III | Year B; Easter V | Year A; Easter V | Year C|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #669a||Blest be the everlasting God||Blest be the everlasting God||BISHOPTHORPE||Isaac Watts||1983|
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #669b||Blest be the everlasting God||Blest be the everlasting God||SENNEN COVE||Isaac Watts||1983|
|Small Church Music #931||Bishopthorpe||Blessed be the Everlasting God||BISHOPTHORPE||Isaac Watts||126.96.36.199|
|The Cyber Hymnal #9649||Blest Be The Everlasting God||Blest be the everlasting God||NATIVITY||Isaac Watts||CM||<cite>Hymns and Spiritual Songs</cite>, Book I, 1707|
|Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #114||Blessed be the everlasting God||Blessed be the everlasting God||BISHOPTHORPE||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||86.86||Hebrews 11:12-16; 1 Peter 1:6-12; 1 Peter 1:3-5||1999||All Saints and All Souls | ; Ascension | ; Eternity of God | ; Faith | ; Hope | ; Jesus Christ | Resurrection; Mercy of God | ; Pilgrimage | ; Providence | ; Resurrection | ; Saints Days and Holy Days | St Peter|