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.
The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, 1806
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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|22.214.171.124||Happy the heart where graces reign||Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians, recommended to the serious..(4th ed. improved) #S37||1825|
|126.96.36.199||Happy the heart where graces reign||A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 1st ed. #XXXVII||1816|
|188.8.131.52||Happy the heart where graces reign||Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.38||Hymn 38||Isaac Watts||1806|
|184.108.40.206||Happy the heart where graces reign||The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #310||Hymn 38||Isaac Watts; Isaac Watts; Isaac Watts||Psalm 18:15-18; Psalm 18:1-6||1835|
|220.127.116.11||Happy the heart where graces reign||Methodist Hymn-Book #344||I. Watts||1 Corinthians 13:13||English||1882|