Sincerity proved and rewarded

Lord, thou hast seen my soul sincere

Author: Isaac Watts
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9 Lord, thou hast seen my soul sincere,
Hast made thy truth and love appear;
Before mine eyes I set thy laws,
And Thou hast own'd my righteous cause.

10 Since I have learn'd thy holy ways,
I’ve walk'd upright before thy face:
Or if my feet did e’er depart,
Thy love reclaim'd my wand'ring heart.

11 What sore temptations broke my rest!
What wars and strugglings in my breast!
But through thy grace that reigns within,
I guard against my darling sin.

12 That sin which close besets me still,
That works and strives against my will:
When shall thy spirit’s sovereign pow'r
Destroy it, that it rise no more.

13 With an impartial hand, the Lord
Deals out to mortals their reward;
The kind and faithful souls shall find
A God as faithful and as kind.

14 And men that love revenge shall know,
God hath an arm of vengeance too:
The just and pure, shall ever say,
Thou art more pure, more just than they.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.XVIII.II

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: Lord, thou hast seen my soul sincere
Title: Sincerity proved and rewarded
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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