Sweet is the work, my God, my KingAuthor: Isaac Watts (1719)
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1 Sweet is the work, my God, my King,
To praise thy Name, give thanks and sing,
To show Thy love by morning light,
And talk of all Thy truth at night.
2 Sweet is the day of sacred rest;
No mortal cares shall seize my breast;
My heart shall triumph in my Lord,
And bless His works, and bless His Word.
3 And I shall share a glorious part
When grace hath well refined my heart;
When doubts and fears no more remain
To break my inward peace again.
4 Then shall I see and hear and know
All I desired or wished below;
And ev'ry pow'r find sweet employ
In that eternal world of joy.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #469
Sweet is the work, my God, my [and] King. I. Watts. [Ps. xcii. or Sunday.] First published in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, p. 237, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "A Psalm for the Lord's Day." In G. Whitefield's Hymns for Social Worship, &c, 1753, No. 20, stanzas i., ii., iii., vii. were given as "Sweet is the work, O God, our King." This was repeated in M. Madan's Psalms & Hymns., 1760, No. 105. A. M. Toplady gave the same stanzas in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, as No. 34, but with other changes in some stanzas, and the opening line as “Sweet is the work, my God and King." This reading is found in some modern collections in the Church of England. Other arrangements of the text are given in hymnbooks in Great Britain and America. It is a good and popular hymn.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Instances (4)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #76||Sweet is the work, my God, my King||2000|
|Complete Mission Praise #620||Sweet is the work, my God, my King||18.104.22.168||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #469||Sweet is the work, my God, my King||Sweet Is the Work||I. Watts, 1674-1748||22.214.171.124||English||1996|
|Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #97||Sweet is the work, my God, my King||126.96.36.199||1999|