Far from my thoughts, vain world, begoneAuthor: Isaac Watts
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1 Far from my thoughts, vain world, begone;
Let my religious hours alone;
From flesh and sense I would be free,
And hold communion, Lord, with Thee.
2 My heart grows warm with holy fire,
And kindles with a pure desire
To see Thy grace, to taste Thy love,
And feel Thine influence from above.
3 When I can say that God is mine,
When I can see Thy glories shine,
I'll tread the world beneath my feet,
And all that men call rich and great.
4 Send comfort down from Thy right hand,
To cheer me in this barren land;
And in thy temple let me know
The joys that from Thy presence flow.
Far from my thoughts, vain world, begone. I. Watts. [Holy Communion.] This hymn was given in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1707: and again in 1709 (Book ii., Nos. 15,16), in two parts, each part consisting of 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and the second beginning, "Lord, what a heav'n of saving grace." Pt. i. was given with alterations and the omission of stanzas iii., iv. in G. Whitefield's Collection, 1753, No. 2, thereby rendering it a most suitable hymn for the opening of Divine Service. This use of the hymn is still followed, especially in America, as in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, &c. In the American Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, No. 710, stanzas v., vi. are given as "Blest Jesus! what delicious fare!" Pt. ii. is also somewhat extensively used in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|The Cyber Hymnal #1514||Far from My Thoughts||Far from my thoughts, vain world, begone||HAMPTON||Isaac Watts||LM||<cite>Hymns and Spiritual Songs</cite>, 1707-9, Book II, number 15|