Come, Happy Souls, Approach Your God

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Come, happy souls, approach your God
With new melodious songs;
Come, tender to Almighty grace
The tributes of your tongues.

So strange, so boundless was the love
That pitied dying men,
The Father sent his equal Son
To give him life again.

Thy hands, dear Jesus, were not armed
With a revenging rod:
No hard commission to perform
The vengeance of a God.

But all was mercy, all was mild,
And wrath forsook the throne,
When Christ on the kind errand came,
And brought salvation down.

Here, sinners, you may heal your wounds,
And wipe your sorrows dry;
Trust in the mighty Savior's name,
And you shall never die.

See, dearest Lord, our willing souls
Accept thine offered grace,
We bless the great Redeemer's love,
And give the Father praise.

Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #300b

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: Come, happy souls, approach your God
Title: Come, Happy Souls, Approach Your God
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


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