Desiring to Love Christ

Come let me love; or is my mind

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: ABENDS
Published in 52 hymnals

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1 Come let me love; or is my mind
Hardened to stone, or froze to ice!
I see the blessed fair one bend,
And stoop to embrace me from the skies.

2 O! 'tis a thought would melt a rock,
And make an heart of iron move,
That those sweet lips, that heavenly look,
Should seek and wish a mortal's love.

3 I was a traitor doomed to fire,
Bound to sustain eternal pains;
He flew on wings of strong desire,
Assumed my guilt, and took my chains.

4 Infinite grace! Almighty charms!
Stand in amaze O earth and skies!
Jesus the God with naked arms,
Hangs on a cross of love and dies.

5 Did pity ever stoop so low,
Dressed in divinity and blood?
Was ever rebel courted so
With groans of an expiring God?

6 Again he lives, and spreads his hands,
Hands that were nailed to torturing smart;
By these dear wounds, says he; and stands
And prays to clasp me to his heart.

7 Sure I must Love; or are my Ears
Still deaf, nor will my Passions move;
Then let me melt this Heart to Tears;
This heart shall yield to Death of Love.

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

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 let me love; or is my mind
Title: Desiring to Love Christ
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English

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