Songs of immortal praise belong

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The songs of all our praise belong
to you, Almighty God;
I give my heart, I give my tongue,
to spread your name abroad.
How great the works your hands have wrought!
How glorious in our sight!
The wise in every age have sought
your wonders with delight.

How most exact is nature's frame!
how wise th' Eternal Mind!
Your counsels need not change the scheme
that your first thoughts designed.
All nature, time, and earth, and skies,
proclaim your heavenly skill;
we need your truth to make us wise,
obedient, to your will.

God, You redeem your chosen ones;
your covenant is strong.
The orders that your lips pronounce
will keep us free from wrong.
Your Son, the great Redeemer, came
with ways both just and pure;
and holy, reverent is his name;
he makes our path secure.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #65

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: Songs of immortal praise belong
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



DURROW was originally a traditional Irish folk melody associated with "Captain Thomson," a sea song from Ireland's Limerick region (Durrow is the name of a town in Ireland between Port Laoise and Kilkenny). The tune first appeared as a hymn tune in the Church Hymnary of 1927. The harmonization by Wi…

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