Lord, we are blind, we mortals blind

Lord, we are blind, we mortals blind

Author: Isaac Watts
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Lord, we are blind, we mortals blind,
We can't behold thy bright abode;
O 'tis beyond a creature mind
To glance a thought half way to God!

Infinite leagues beyond the sky
The great Eternal reigns alone,
Where neither wings nor souls can fly,
Nor angels climb the topless throne.

The Lord of glory builds his seat
Of gems insufferably bright,
And lays beneath his sacred feet
Substantial beams of gloomy night.

Yet, glorious Lord, thy gracious eyes
Look through and cheer us from above
Beyond our praise thy grandeur flies,
Yet we adore, and yet we love.

Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.26

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, we are blind, we mortals blind
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English


Lord, we are blind, we mortals blind. I. Watts. [God Invisible.] Published in his Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 1707, Book ii., No. 26, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "God Invisible." In the American Plymouth Collection, 1855, it begins with stanza ii., "Infinite leagues beyond the sky."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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