Have You Not Known, Have You Not Heard

Have you not known, have you not heard That firm remains on high

Author: Isaac Watts (1707)
Published in 18 hymnals

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1 Have you not known, have you not heard
that firm remains on high
the everlasting throne of him
who formed the earth and sky?

2 Are you afraid his pow'r shall fail
when comes thine evil day?
And can an all-creating arm
grow weary or decay?

3 Supreme in wisdom as in pow'r
the Rock of Ages stands,
though him you cannot see, nor trace
the working of his hands.

4 He gives the conquest to the weak,
supports the fainting heart;
and courage in the evil hour
his heav'nly aids impart.

5 Mere human pow'r shall fast decay,
and youthful vigor cease;
but they who wait upon the Lord
in strength shall still increase.

6 They with unwearied feet shall tread
the path of life divine;
with growing ardor onward move,
with growing brightness shine.

7 On eagles' wings they mount, they soar -
their wings are faith and love -
till, past the cloudy regions here,
they rise to heav'n above.


Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #31

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Have you not known, have you not heard That firm remains on high
Title: Have You Not Known, Have You Not Heard
Author: Isaac Watts (1707)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Source: Alt. in "Scottish Paraphrases," 1781
Language: English

Tune

BALERMA (Barthélemon)


ST. MAGNUS (Clarke)

ST. MAGNUS first appeared in Henry Playford's Divine Companion (1707 ed.) as an anonymous tune with soprano and bass parts. The tune was later credited to Jeremiah Clark (b. London, England, c. 1670; d. London, 1707), who was a chorister in the Chapel Royal and sang at the coronation of James II in…

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ST. MARY (Prys)


Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 3 of 3)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #446
Rejoice in the Lord #170TextPage Scan
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #31TextPage Scan
Include 15 pre-1979 instances



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