God's Sovereignty and Goodness; and Man's Dominion over the Creatures

O Lord, our heavenly King

Author: Isaac Watts
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1 O Lord, our heav'nly King!
Thy name is all divine.
Thy glories round the earth are spread,
And o’er the heav’ns they shine.

2 When to Thy works above
I raise my wond’ring eyes,
And see the moon, thy hands have form'd,
In all her splendour rise:

3 When I survey the stars,
That fill the vaulted sky:—
Lord, what is man, that he should stand,
In thy regard so high?

4 Or what the son of man,
That he should be thy care,
And in the bounties of thy grace
Possess so large a share.

5 Tho' offspring of the dust,
(How vast the debt we owe!)
Next to thine angels we are plac'd,
And lords of all below.

6 Appointed for our use,
The subject beasts obey,
And birds that cut the air with wings,
And fish that cleave the sea.

7 How rich thy favours are!
How wondrous are thy ways!
Of dust and worms thy pow'r can frame,
A monument of praise.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #25

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: O Lord, our heavenly King
Title: God's Sovereignty and Goodness; and Man's Dominion over the Creatures
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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