No sleep nor slumber to his eyes

No sleep nor slumber to his eyes

Author: Isaac Watts
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[No sleep nor slumber to his eyes
Good David would afford,
Till he had found below the skies
A dwelling for the Lord.

The Lord in Zion placed his name,
His ark was settled there;
To Zion the whole nation came
To worship thrice a year.

But we have no such lengths to go,
Nor wander far abroad;
Where'er thy saints assemble now,
There is a house for God.]

Arise, O King of grace, arise,
And enter to thy rest!
Lo! thy church waits with longing eyes
Thus to be owned and blessed.

Enter with all thy glorious train,
Thy Spirit and thy word;
All that the ark did once contain
Could no such grace afford.

Here, mighty God, accept our vows,
Here let thy praise be spread;
Bless the provisions of thy house,
And fill thy poor with bread.

Here let the Son of David reign,
Let God's Anointed shine;
Justice and truth his court maintain
With love and power divine.

Here let him hold a lasting throne;
And as his kingdom grows,
Fresh honors shall adorn his crown,
And shame confound his foes.

Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #477

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 >


No sleep, no slumber, to his eyes. I. Watts. [Ps. cxxxii.] First published in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "A Church Established." In its full form it is not in general use; but as, "Arise, O King of grace, arise" (stanzas iii.-v.), as in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, it is in somewhat extensive use, especially in America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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