My thoughts surmount these lower skies

My thoughts surmount these lower skies

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 44 hymnals

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My thoughts surmount these lower skies,
And look within the veil;
There springs of endless pleasure rise,
The waters never fail.

There I behold, with sweet delight,
The blessed Three in One;
And strong affections fix my sight
On God's incarnate Son.

His promise stands for ever firm,
His grace shall ne'er depart;
He binds my name upon his arm,
And seals it on his heart.

Light are the pains that nature brings;
How short our sorrows are,
When with eternal future things
The present we compare!

I would not be a stranger still
To that celestial place,
Where I for ever hope to dwell
Near my Redeemer's face.



Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.162

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: My thoughts surmount these lower skies
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Tune

GENEVA (Cole)


RINGE


EVAN (Havergal)

This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list.

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Instances

Instances (1 - 44 of 44)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
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) #182Page Scan
A. M. E. C. Hymnal #308
African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #483Page Scan
Banner of Love No. 1 for the Sunday School #d20
Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #383dPage 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.162Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #236Page Scan
Evangelical Musick: or, The Sacred Minstrel and Sacred Harp United #d50
Evangelical Musick: or, The Sacred Minstrel and Sacred Harp United: consisting of a great variety of psalm and hymn tunes, set pieces, anthems, etc. (10th ed) #79Page Scan
Harmonia Americana: containing a concise introduction to the grounds of music; with a variety of airs, suitable fore divine worship and the use of musical societies; consisting of three and four parts #29TextPage Scan
Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #483Page 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.CLXIIPage Scan
Parish Psalmody #d521
Parish Psalmody #d534
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #H187Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d563
Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d521
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.162Text
Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship: and approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America: the latter being arranged according to subjects... #187Page Scan
The African Methodist Episcopal Hymn and Tune Book: adapted to the doctrines and usages of the church (6th ed.) #483Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d384
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #809Page Scan
The Chapel hymn book, with tunes: for the worship of God #455Page Scan
The Choice: in two parts. Part I containing psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs. Designed for public and private worship #H144
The Choice: in two parts; Part I, containing Psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs; designed for public and private worship (6th ed.) #H144Page Scan
The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #666Page Scan
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #516Page Scan
The Good Old Songs #d380
The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #337Page Scan
The Presbyterian Hymnal #778Page Scan
The Presbyterian Hymnal #778Page Scan
The Primitive Hymns, Spiritual Songs and Sacred Poems Regularly Selected, Classified and Set in Order ... Stereotype ed. #d408
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #629Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #629Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #288Page Scan
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #II.CLXIITextPage 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.) #B162Page Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #171aPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d683
The Sacrifice of Praise. psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs designed for public worship and private devotion, with notes on the origin of hymns. #613Page Scan
The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d581
The Southern Psalmist #d547
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d570
The Vestry Hymn Book #d307



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