How vain are all things here below!

How vain are all things here below!

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 229 hymnals

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1 How vain are all things here below!
How false, and yet how fair!
Each pleasure hath its poison too,
And every sweet a snare.

2 The brightest things below the sky
Give but a flatt'ring light;
We should suspect some danger nigh
Where we possess delight.

3 Our dearest joys, and nearest friends,
The partners of our blood,
How they divide our wavering minds,
And leave but half for God!

4 Dear Saviour, let Thy beauties be
My soul's eternal food;
And grace command my heart away
From all created good.

Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #414

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 vain are all things here below!
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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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 #211Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of the Baptist Church and all lovers of song #558Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Hymns. 6th ed. #d117
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #595Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d233
A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #164TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d59
A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of the Pious of All Denominations #d41
A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Used at Camp and Prayer Meetings #d94
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d352
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d353
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d352
A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #619Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d152
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d244
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: principally from the collection of Rev. John Wesley, M. A., late fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford; with... (Rev. & corr.) #161Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church: Principally from the Collection of the Rev. John Wesley. M. A. #161Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d155
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d230
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #192Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns: for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, principally from the collection of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M., late fellow of Lincoln College..(Rev. and corr. with a supplement) #161Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCLXIIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #428Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion #227Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs; suited to the various kinds of Christian worship; and especially designed for and adapted to the Fraternity of the Brethren... #639Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship. 2nd ed. #d157
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion of the church of Christ: with an appendix of German hymns #227Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion, of the church of Christ (6th ed.) #227Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: with the music of Mason's Sacred Harp and Missouri Harmony adapted #466Page Scan
A Collection of Spiritual Hymns: adapted to the Various Kinds of Christian Worship, and especially designed for the use of the Brethren in Christ. 2nd ed. #457Page Scan
A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #271Page Scan
A Manual of Devotion for Soldiers and Sailors: comprising I. forms of prayer, public and private, II. a compend of Bible truth, III. The Assembly's shorter catechism, IV. A selection of psalms and... #33Page Scan
A New and Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of the Regular Baptist Church. 10th ed. #d226
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d225
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) #317Page Scan
A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors #CXVPage Scan
A Pocket Hymn Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (9th ed.) #CXVPage Scan
A Pocket Hymn-book: designed as a constant companion for the pious, collected from various authors (18th ed.) #115Page Scan
A Pocket Hymn-Book: designed as a constant companion for the pious: collected from various authors. (21st ed.) #CXVPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed (especially the former part) for the use of congregations as an appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymn #H.CCCLXXPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: in two parts, part I. containing the hymns; part II. containing the songs...(3rd ed. corr. and enl. by author) #H.CCCLXXPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Social Religious Meetings and for Private Devotions. 7th ed. #194Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #201Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #182Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from the Best Authors, Designed as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d264
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d171
A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d115
A Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, from the Most Approved Authors ... of the Church of Christ #d142
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #428Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #428Page Scan
Additional Hymns, Adopted by the General Synod of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America, at their Session June 1831. 2nd ed. #90Page Scan
African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #514Page Scan
African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #514bPage Scan
American Psalmody: a collection of sacred music, comprising a great variety of psalm, and hymn tunes, set-pieces, anthems and chants, arranged with a figured bass for the organ...(3rd ed.) #67aPage Scan
American Sunday School Psalmody; or, hymns and music, for the use of Sunday-schools and teacher's meetings; with a manual of instruction #55Page Scan
Baptist Harmony #d107
Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #190bPage Scan
Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #414TextPage Scan
Chapel Hymns #d247
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #WH.II.48Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d403
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) #116Page Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d459
Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #565Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H590Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #590Page Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #531Page Scan
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d318
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #606Page Scan
Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #XLTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David, corrected and enlarged, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (2nd ed.) #XLTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's imitation of the Psalms of David, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (3rd ed.) #XLTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David: to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian church in general (Corr. and enl.) #H.XLTextPage Scan
Dyer's Psalmist: A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs for the use of Baptist Churches (Rev. & Corrd. ed.) #237Page Scan
Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d114
Family and Social Melodies #d153
Free Methodist Hymnal #d246
Fulton Street Hymn Book, for the use of union prayer meetings, Sabbath schools and families #194Page Scan
Hallowed Songs: a collection of the most popular hymns and tunes, both old, and new, designed for prayer and social meetings, revivals, family worship, and Sabbath schools #287Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #568Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #519Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d221
Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #519Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #246Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #246Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #822Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #822Page Scan
Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #514Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #662Page Scan
Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #662Page Scan
Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d167
Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d164
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #II.XLVIIIPage Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #60Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (8th ed.) #60Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #362Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship: selected from Watts, Doddridge, Newton, Cowper, Steele and others #219Page Scan
Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d96
Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d207
Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d203



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