Come, let us search our ways, and try

Come, let us search our ways, and try

Author: Isaac Watts
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1 Come, let us search our ways and try;
Have they been just and right?
Is the great rule of equity
Our practice and delight?

2 What we would have our neighbor do,
Have we still done the same?
From others ne'er withheld the due,
Which we from others claim?

3 Have we ne'er envied others' good,
Nor envied others' praise?
In no man's path malignant stood,
Nor us'd detraction's ways?

4 Have we not, deaf to his request,
Turn'd from another's woe?
The scorn, which wrings the suff'rer's heart,
Have we abhorr'd to whew?

5 Then may we raise our modest pray'r
To God, the just and kind;
May humbly cast on him our care,
And hope his grace to find.

6 Religion's path they never trod,
Who equity contemn;
Nor ever are they just to God,
Who prove unjust to men.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #338

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 us search our ways, and try
Author: Isaac Watts

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Come, let us search our [hearts] ways and try. I. Watts. [Truthfulness.] First published in his Sermons, 1721-24, vol. ii. in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In this form it is seldom found in any hymn-book, either old or new. It was rewritten as "Come, let us search our hearts and try" (i.-iii. Watts; iv. original), by E. Osier for Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 171. Osier made further alterations in the text for his Church and King, June, 1837, p. 138, where it is appended to an essay on the Church Service for the 4th S. after Trinity. The Church and King text is usually followed. It is in Windle's Collection, No. 67 (stanza iii., line 1, speak for talk), the Harrow School Hymns, 1855-57.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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