Great was the day, the joy was great

Great was the day, the joy was great

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 103 hymnals

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1 Great was the day, the joy was great,
When the divine disciples met;
While on their heads the Spirit came,
And sat like tongues of cloven flame.

2 What gifts, what miracles he gave!
And pow'r to kill, and pow'r to save!
Furnish'd their tongues with wondrous words,
Instead of shields, and spears, and swords.

3 Nations, the learned and the rude,
Were by these heav'nly arms subdu'd,
The heathens saw thy glory, Lord!
And, wond'ring, bless'd thy gracious word.

4 Come the great day, the glorious hour,
When all shall feel thy saving pow'r,
And the whole race of man confess
The beauty of thy holiness!

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #313

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: Great was the day, the joy was great
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

Great was the day, the joy was great. I. Watts. [Whitsuntide—Missions.] From his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1709, Book ii., No. 144, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, into a few modern collections. In the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, No. 287, the lines:—

"Go, and assert your Saviour's cause;
Go, spread the mystery of His Cross,"

are changed to:—

" Go, and your Saviour's Cross proclaim:
Go, teach all nations in my Name."

This change is not generally adopted.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors: for the use of the English Evangelical Lutheran Church in New York #117Page Scan
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General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d107
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Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d143
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Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d90
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Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #136Page Scan
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