Eternal wisdom, thee we praiseAuthor: Isaac Watts
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1 Eternal wisdom, thee we praise,
Thee the creation sings;
With thy loved name, rocks, hills, and seas,
And heaven's high palace rings.
2 Thy hand how wide it spread the sky!
How glorious to behold!
Tinged with a blue of heavenly dye,
And starred with sparkling gold.
3 Thy glories blaze all nature round,
And strike the gazing sight,
Through skies, and seas, and solid ground,
With terror and delight.
4 Infinite strength, and equal skill
Shine through the worlds abroad!
Our souls with vast amazement fill,
And speak the builder God.
5 But still the wonders of thy grace
Our softer passions move;
Pity divine in Jesus' face
We see, adore, and love.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799
Eternal Wisdom, Thee we praise. I. Watts. [Praise to the Creator.] 1st published in his Horae Lyricae, 1705, as "A Song to Creating Wisdom," in 18 stanzas of 4 lines, divided into five parts, and repeated in later editions of the same, and in Watts's complete Works. Centos from this poem, all beginning with the first stanza, are numerous, specially in the American hymn-books. J. Wesley set the example by giving 12 stanzas in his Psalms & Hymns, 3rd ed., 1743. This arrangement was republished in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 217 (revised ed. 1875, No. 226), and in several other collections. Usually, however, the centos are much shorter than this, from 4 to 6 stanzas being the rule.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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