Father, how wide thy glories shine!

Father, how wide thy glory shines!

Author: Isaac Watts
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1 Father, how wide Thy glory shines!
How high Thy wonders rise!
Known through the earth by thousand signs,
By thousands through the skies.

2 Those mighty orbs proclaim Thy power,
Their motions speak Thy skill,
And on the wings of every hour
We read Thy patience still.

3 When sinners break the Father's low,
The dying Son atones;
Oh! the dear mysteries of His cross!
The triumph of His groans!

4 Now the full glories of the Lamb
Adorn the heavenly plains;
Sweet cherubs learn Immanuel's name,
And try their choicest strains.

5 Oh, may I bear some humble part
In that immortal song!
Wonder and joy shall tune my heart,
And love command my tongue.

Amen.

Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #130

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 >

Notes

Father, how wide Thy glory shines. J. Watts. [Glory of God and Salvation of Men.] First published in his Horae Lyricae, 1705, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "God glorious and Sinners saved," As early as 1738-1741 J. Wesley included it in an abbreviated form in his Psalms & Hymns, and it was subsequently given about 1800, in the Wesleyan Hymn Book. Its early use in the Church of England was furthered by E. Conyers, De Courcy, A. M. Toplady, and others. Its use, but usually in an abbreviated form, is extensive in Great Britain and America. Full original text in modern editions of the Horae Lyricae, and Watts's Works.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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ABRIDGE (Smith)


[Father, Father, how wide thy glory shines]


BEATITUDO

Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness." Like many of Dykes's…

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