Can creatures to perfection findAuthor: Isaac Watts
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[Can creatures to perfection find
Th' eternal, uncreated Mind?
Or can the largest stretch of thought
Measure and search his nature out?
'Tis high as heav'n, 'tis deep as hell
And what can mortals know or tell?
His glory spreads beyond the sky,
And all the shining worlds on high.
But man, vain man, would fain be wise;
Born like a wild young colt, he flies
Through all the follies of his mind,
And swells, and snuffs the empty wind.]
God is a King of power unknown,
Firm are the orders of his throne;
If he resolve, who dares oppose,
Or ask him why or what he does?
He wounds the heart, and he makes whole
He calms the tempest of the soul;
When he shuts up in long despair,
Who can remove the heavy bar?
He frowns, and darkness veils the moon;
The fainting sun grows dim at noon;
The pillars of heav'n's starry roof
Tremble and start at his reproof.
He gave the vaulted heav'n its form,
The crooked serpent, and the worm;
He breaks the billows with his breath,
And smites the sons of pride to death.
These are a portion of his ways;
But who shall dare describe his face?
Who can endure his light, or stand
To hear the thunders of his hand?
Can creatures to perfection find? J. Watts. [God unsearchable.] Published in hisHymns, &c, 2nd ed., 1709, Bk. ii., No. 170, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "God Incomprehensible and Sovereign." It is found in a few modern collections, as Spurgeon’s Our Own Hymn Book, but usually in an abbreviated form. In the Church Pastorals, Boston, U. S. A., 1864, stanzas iv., v., vii., viii., are given as, "God is a King, of power unknown," and in the American Hymn for the Church of Christ by Hedge & Huntington, 1853, No. 123, stanzas v., vi., viii. begin, “God wounds the heart, and He makes whole."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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