Let not despair nor fell revenge

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1 Let not despair nor fell revenge
Be to thy bosom known,
Oh, give me tears for others’ woes,
And patience for my own.

2 Feed me, O Lord, with needful food;
I ask not wealth nor fame;
But give me eyes to view Thy works,
A heart to praise Thy name.

3 Oh, may my days obscurely pass,
Without remorse or care!
And let me for my parting hour
From day to day prepare.

Source: Crowning Day, No. 6: A Book of Gospel Songs #257

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: Let not despair nor fell revenge
Author: Isaac Watts

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DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…

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