God of the morning, at whose voice

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1 God of the morning, at whose voice
The cheerful sun makes haste to rise,
And, like a giant, doth rejoice
To run his journey through the skies--

2 From the fair chambers of the east
The circuit of his race begins,
And, without weariness or rest,
Round the whole earth he flies and shines.

3 Oh, like the sun may I fulfill
Th' appointed duties of the day;
With ready mind, and active will,
March on, and keep my heavenly way.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #718

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 the morning, at whose voice
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


God of the morning, at [Thy] Whose voice. J. Watts. [Morning.] First published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1709, Book i., No. 79, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, as "A Morning Hymn." It is sometimes used in an abbreviated form, and as "God of the morning, at Thy voice." Its use in its full, or in abridged form, is extensive in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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