Give me the wings of faith to rise

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1 Give us the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.

2 Once they were mourning here below,
their couch was wet with tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.

3 We ask them whence their victory came:
they, with united breath,
ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.

4 They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast,
and, following their incarnate God,
possess the promised rest.

5 Our glorious Leader claims our praise
for his own pattern given;
while the long cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heaven.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #299a

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

Give me the wings of faith to rise. I. Watts. [Heaven: All Saints.] First published in his Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 2nd edition, 1709, Bk. ii., No. 140, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Examples of Christ and the Saints." It is in extensive use in all English-speaking countries, and generally in its original form as in the Hymnal Companion, No. 357. In Kennedy, 1863, the opening line reads:—"Be mine the wings of faith to rise," No. 1379. There are also other slight alterations in the text.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances (1 - 25 of 25)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #299aText
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #299bText
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #463
Common Praise (1998) #286TextPage Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #216a
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #216b
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #208
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #253Text
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #324*
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #815a
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #815b
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #221a
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #221b
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #156
Rejoice in the Lord #400Text
Singing the Faith #747
Small Church Music #1139Audio
Small Church Music #1536Audio
Small Church Music #2568Audio
Small Church Music #6279Audio
Small Church Music #6775Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #1806TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #225aPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #225b
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #438
Include 443 pre-1979 instances



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