Lord! what a wretched land is this

Lord! what a wretched land is this

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: TRIBULATION
Published in 102 hymnals

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Lord! what a wretched land is this,
That yields us no supply!
No cheering fruits, no wholesome trees,
Nor streams of living joy!

But pricking thorns through all the ground,
And mortal poisons grow,
And all the rivers that are found
With dangerous waters flow.

Yet the dear path to thine abode
Lies through this horrid land;
Lord! we would keep the heav'nly road,
And run at thy command.

[Our souls shall tread the desert through
With undiverted feet,
And faith and flaming zeal subdue
The terrors that we meet.]

[A thousand savage beasts of prey
Around the forest roam;
But Judah's Lion guards the way,
And guides the strangers home.]

[Long nights and darkness dwell below,
With scarce a twinkling ray;
But the bright world to which we go
Is everlasting day.]

[By glimm'ring hopes and gloomy fears
We trace the sacred road;
Through dismal deeps and dangerous snares
We make our way to God.]

Our journey is a thorny maze,
But we march upward still;
Forget these troubles of the ways,
And reach at Zion's hill.

[See the kind angels at the gates,
Inviting us to come!
There Jesus the forerunner waits,
To welcome trav'llers home!]

There on a green and flowery mount
Our weary souls shall sit,
And with transporting joys recount
The labors of our feet.

[No vain discourse shall fill our tongue,
Nor trifles vex our ear;
Infinite grace shall be our song,
And God rejoice to hear.]

Eternal glories to the King
That brought us safely through;
Our tongues shall never cease to sing,
And endless praise renew.



Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.53

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! what a wretched land is this
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Lord, what a wretched land is this. I. Watts. [Pilgrimage of the Saints.] Appeared in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1707. Book ii., No. 53, in 12 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Pilgrimage of the Saints; or, Earth and Heaven." In Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, stanzas viii.-xii. were given as "Our journey is a thorny maze." This arrangement, together with abbreviations beginning with the first stanza, is in several collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #726Page Scan
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A Collection of Spiritual Songs and Hymns #52
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A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d278
A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d180
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.CCLVIIIPage 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.CCLVIIIPage Scan
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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.53Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d563
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Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #375Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #375Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #375Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H391Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #391Page Scan
Conference Hymns. a new collection of hymns, designed especially for use in conference and prayer meetings, and family worship. #276Page Scan
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #706Page Scan
Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #264aPage Scan
Folk Hymns of America #37a
Hymns and Spiritual Songs with Choruses Affixed; as Usually Sung at Camp-Meetings. 24th ed. #d71
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.LIIIPage Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d265
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, selected from Several Approved Authors, Recommended by the Baptist General Committee of Virginia #d113
Hymns for Conference Meetings and Private Devotions: Selected from Watts' Psalms and Hymns and Rippon's Supplement #d88
Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Impr. ed. #d304
Hymns for the Vestry and the Fireside #d175
Hymns Selected #d125
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Living Hymns #d32
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #391Page Scan
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The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d351
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The Christian Psalmist: being a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs compiled from the most approved authors, and designed as a standard hymn book for public and social worship #308Page 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 #296Page Scan
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The Discipline of the United Freewill Baptist Church: together with hymns and spiritual songs, for the use of its members #31Page Scan
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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #391Page Scan
The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d131
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #II.LIIITextPage 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.) #B53Page Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #381cPage Scan
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