Thus Saith the First, the Great Command

Thus saith the first, the great command

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 70 hymnals

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Thus saith the first, the great command,
"Let all thy inward powers unite
To love thy Maker and thy God
With utmost vigor and delight.

"Then shall thy neighbor next in place
Share thine affections and esteem,
And let thy kindness to thyself
Measure and rule thy love to him."

This is the sense that Moses spoke,
This did the prophets preach and prove;
For want of this the law is broke,
And the whole law's fulfilled by love.

But O! how base our passions are!
How cold our charity and zeal!
Lord, fill our souls with heav'nly fire,
Or we shall ne'er perform thy will.



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #106

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: Thus saith the first, the great command
Title: Thus Saith the First, the Great Command
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #195Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #315Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #315Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #350Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #359Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d489
A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #HXXITextPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 2nd ed. #d154
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 1st ed. #CXXIIPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d387
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #359Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #359Page Scan
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #XXIText
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #XXIText
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #346Page Scan
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #438Page Scan
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #WH.I.116Page Scan
Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians, recommended to the serious..(4th ed. improved) #S122Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #501Page Scan
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Church Hymn Book; consisting of hymns and psalms, original and selected. adapted to public worship and many other occasions. 2nd ed. #83Page Scan
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Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #XIXTextPage Scan
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Doctor Watts's imitation of the Psalms of David, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (3rd ed.) #XIXTextPage Scan
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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #355Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #355Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #73Page Scan
Hymns for Schools: with appropriate selections from scripture and tunes suited to the metres of the hymns (3rd ed.) #191Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary #375Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the New Jerusalem Church #d245
Hymns of Progress #d197
Hymns, Selected from the Most Approved Authors, for the use of Trinity Church, Boston #128Page Scan
Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of the Unitarian Church in Washington #d154
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d724
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.116Text
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Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #262Page Scan
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Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d476
Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d474
Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, adapted to Christian devotion, in public and private, selected from the best authors, with variations and additions #H.CCXLIXPage Scan
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The Christian Psalter #d576
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The Harp #470Page Scan
The Jubilee Harp: a choice selection of psalmody, ancient and modern, designed for use in public and social worship #120Page Scan
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The Psalms and Hymns, with the Catechism, Confession of Faith, and Liturgy, of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America #2aPage Scan
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The Psalms Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Old and New Testament, faithfully translated into English Metre: being the New-England Psalm-Book, revised and improved... (2nd ed.) #XIXTextPage Scan
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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #A116Page Scan
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