God of eternal love, How fickle are our ways

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5 God of eternal love,
How fickle are our ways!
And yet how oft did Isra'l prove
Thy constancy of grace!

6 They saw thy wonders wrought,
And then thy praise they sung;
But soon thy works of pow'r forgot,
And murmur'd with their tongue.

7 Now they believe his word,
While rocks with rivers flow;
Now with their lusts provoke the Lord,
And he reduc'd them low.

8 Yet when they mourn'd their faults,
He hearken'd to their groans;
Brought his own cov'nant to his thoughts,
And call'd them still his sons.

9 Their names were in his book,
He sav'd them from their foes;
Oft he chastis'd, but ne'er forsook
The people that he chose.

10 Let Isra'l bless the Lord,
Who loved their ancient race;
And Christians join the solemn word,
Amen to all the praise.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.CVI.II

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: God of eternal love, How fickle are our ways
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

God of eternal love. I. Waits. [Psalm cvi.; God's love to Israel.] First published in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Israel punish'd and pardon'd; or, God's unchanging love.” In a note he says:—

"The chief design of this whole Psalm I have ex¬pressed in the Title, and abridged it in this form, having enlarged much more on this same subject in the 77th, 78th, and 105th Psalms.
"Though the Jews now seem to be cast off, yet the Apostle Paul assures us that 'God hath not cast away His people whom He foreknew,' Rom. xi. 2. Their unbelief and absence from God is but for a season, for they shall be recalled again; v. 25, 26."

The use of this hymn is not extensive. Original text in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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