How should the sons of Adam's race

How should the sons of Adam's race

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 34 hymnals

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How should the sons of Adam's race
Be pure before their God?
If he contend in righteousness,
We fall beneath his rod.

To vindicate my words and thoughts
I'll make no more pretence;
Not one of all my thousand faults
Can bear a just defence.

Strong is his arm, his heart is wise;
What vain presumers dare
Against their Maker's hand to rise,
Or tempt th' unequal war?

[Mountains, by his almighty wrath,
From their old seats are torn;
He shakes the earth from south to north,
And all her pillars mourn.

He bids the sun forbear to rise,
Th' obedient sun forbears;
His hand with sackcloth spreads the skies,
And seals up all the stars.

He walks upon the stormy sea,
Flies on the stormy wind;
There's none can trace his wondrous way,
Or his dark footsteps find.]



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #23

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: How should the sons of Adam's race
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Notes

How should the sons of Adam's race. I. Watts. [Divine Majesty.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1709, Book i., No. 86, as a paraphrase of Job. ix. 2-10, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "God, Holy, Just, and Sovereign." Its use is limited.
In the Scottish Draft Translations & Paraphrases, of 1745, it was given as No. 18 in an unaltered form; but in the revised issue of 1751 it appeared in a recast form by Dr. H. Blair. It appears, slightly altered, as No. 7 in the authorised issue of 1781, and as such has been in use in the Church of Scotland for more than 100 years. In her list of authors and revisers of the 1781 issue, W. Cameron's daughter claims these alterations of 1781 for W. Cameron (q.v.). It is given in full in all modern editions of the Scottish Psalms.
In the American Prayer Book Collection, 1826, the Scottish version reappears as: "Ah, how shall fallen man," and this has been repeated in other hymnals, including the Protestant Episcopal Hymnal, 1871. It was rewritten for the Psalm Book Collection by Bishop Onderdonk (q.v.).

--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 #7Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship approved by the Presbytery of Charleston #d79
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #568Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #568Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #741Page Scan
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) #113Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #52Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #52Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #52Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #I.LXXXVIPage Scan
Hymns Selected #d92
Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d92
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d341
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.86Text
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d204
Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d203
Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #H.CXVIIPage Scan
Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases #R7Text
Seamen's Hymns #52Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d274
Social Psalmist: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #52Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d243
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #37Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #572Page Scan
The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns: with copious selections from other sources; the whole carefully revised and arranged, with directions for musical expression #25Page Scan
The Christian Psalter #d241
The 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 (2nd ed.) #CXIIIPage Scan
The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (1st Ed.) #CXIIIPage Scan
The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #438Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #23TextPage Scan
The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d94
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #I.LXXXVITextPage Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #A86Page Scan
The Vocal Companion: containing a concise introduction to the practice of music, and a set of tunes of various metres, arranged progressively for the use of learners #57Page Scan



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