Man has a soul of vast desires

Man has a soul of vast desires

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 62 hymnals

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1 Man has a soul of vast desires;
He burns within with restless fires.
Tost to and fro, his passions fly
From vanity to vanity.

2 In vain on earth we hope to find
Some solid good to fill the mind;
We try new pleasures, but we feel
The inward thirst and torment still.

3 So, when a raging fever burns,
We shift from side to side by turns;
And 'tis a poor relief we gain,
To change the place, but keep the pain.

4 Great God! subdue this vicious thirst,
This love to vanity and dust;
Cure the vile fever of the mind,
And feed our soul with joys refin'd.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #166

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: Man has a soul of vast desires
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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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 #208Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #599Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches: to which are added prayers for families and individuals #225Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, to which are added prayers for families and individuals (New and Enl. Stereotype Ed.) #225Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #225TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #166TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d95
A Collection of Hymns, More Particularly Designed for the Use of the West Society in Boston. (2nd ed. with Additions) #CXXXIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCLXVPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #427Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d313
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) #907Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns & Psalms: from the most approved authors: principally from Watts & Rippon: together with originals #298Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H57Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #427Page 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 #427Page Scan
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.146Page Scan
Church Poetry: being Portions of the Psalms in Verse and Hymns suited to the Festivals and Fasts, and Various Occasions of the Church #201Page Scan
Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d158
Hymns and Spiritual Songs (New ed.) #28Page Scan
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.CXLVIPage Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #76Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary #490Page Scan
Hymns Selected #d127
Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d127
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #225Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d472
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #225TextPage Scan
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #225Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #225Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #225Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #225Page Scan
Parish Psalmody #d463
Parish Psalmody #d475
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #315Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d515
Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d552
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.146Text
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs ... for the Use of the United Church of Christ, Commonly Called Free Will Baptist #d178
Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d293
Seamen's Devotional Assistant, and Mariners' Hymns; prepared under direction of the American Seamen's Friend Society #150Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #315Page Scan
The Baptist Praise Book #551Page Scan
The Christian Psalter #d327
The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #650Page Scan
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #410Page Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors to which are added, a number never before published. #299Page Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CCXCIXTextPage Scan
The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CCXCIXTextPage Scan
The Middlesex Collection of Church Music: or, ancient psalmody revived: containing a variety of psalm tunes, the most suitable to be used in divine service (2nd ed. rev. cor. and enl.) #15Page Scan
The Musical Olio: containing I. a concise introduction to the art of singing by note. II. a variety of psalms, tunes, hymns, and set pieces, selected principally from European authors... #40Page Scan
The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #165Page Scan
The Philadelphia Hymn Book; or, a selection of sacred poetry, consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts...and others, adapted to public and private devotion #427Page Scan
The Pocket Selection of Hymns for the Use of Evangelical Churches and Religious Assemblies in the U. S. lst ed. #d154
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #455Page Scan
The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d133
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #II.CXLVITextPage 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.) #B146Page Scan
The Southern Psalmist #d505
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d528
The Vestry Hymn Book #d288
Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music: selected from the most eminent and approved authors in that science, for the use of Christian churches of every denomination...(Stereotype ed., Enl. and Imp.) #70bPage Scan



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