Happy the heart where graces reignAuthor: Isaac Watts
Tune: MOUNT AUBURN (Kingsley)
Published in 224 hymnals
Happy the heart where graces reign,
Where love inspires the breast;
Love is the brightest of the train,
And strengthens all the rest.
Knowledge, alas! 'tis all in vain,
And all in vain our fear;
Our stubborn sins will fight and reign,
If love be absent there.
'Tis love that makes our cheerful feet
In swift obedience move;
The devils know and tremble too,
But Satan cannot love.
This is the grace that lives and sings
When faith and hope shall cease;
'Tis this shall strike our joyful strings
In the sweet, realms of bliss.
Before we quite forsake our clay,
Or leave this dark abode,
The wings of love bear us away
To see our smiling God.
Happy the heart where graces reign. I. Watts. [Love to God.] First published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1707 (2nd edition 1709, Book ii., No. 38), in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, “Love to God." Of this hymn stanza iv. and the idea embodied in stanza v. had previously appeared in Watts's hymn, "'Tis pure delight without alloy," given in his Horae Lyrica, 1706, stanzas iii., iv. It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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