Retire, vain world, awhile retire

Retire, vain world, awhile retire

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 18 hymnals

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1 Retire, vain world, awhile retire,
And leave us with the Lord:
Thy gifts ne'er fill one just desire,
Nor lasting bliss afford.

2 Behold and pity from above
Our cold and languid frame;
Oh! shed abroad thy quick'ning love,
And we'll adore thy name.

3 Make known thy power, victorious King,
Subdue each stubborn will;
Then sovereign grace we'll join to sing
On Zion's sacred hill.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #851

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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Author: Isaac Watts

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Retire, vain world, awhile retire. [Home Missions.] This is found in the 1828-1829 edition of the American (Old Presbyterian) Psalms & Hymns...of the Presbyterian Church, in 7 st. of 4 1., and again in later collections. In most cases it is attributed to I. Watts, but we have failed to trace it to any of his works. Two centos therefrom are also in common use, both beginning with st. ii., "Blest Jesu, come Thou gently down." The first is in the Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns for the Worship of God, Richmond, U. S. A., 1867, composed of stanzas ii., iv.-vi.; and the second, in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, composed of st. ii., iii., vi., vii. It is usually given for Revival Services and Prayer Meetings.

--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 #742Page Scan
A Pastor's Selection of Hymns and Tunes: for Worship in the Church and Family #231Page Scan
Dyer's Psalmist: A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs for the use of Baptist Churches (Rev. & Corrd. ed.) #84Page Scan
Evangelical Hymns: original and selected: designed for the use of families and private circles; for social prayer meetings, seasons of revival or oother occasions of special interest #66Page Scan
Hymns of Worship: Designed for Use Especially in the Lecture Room, the Prayer Meeting and the Family #499Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d651
Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #910Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #910Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #877Page Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #910Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #H389Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d676
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d696
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... #428Page Scan
The Book of Worship #180TextPage Scan
The Church Hymn Book #d808
The South Western Psalmist #d331
The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #851TextPage Scan



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