To thee, before the dawning light

To thee, before the dawning light

Author: Isaac Watts
Tune: POLLY
Published in 71 hymnals

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To you, before the dawning light,
my gracious God, I pray;
I meditate your name by night,
and keep your law by day.

When midnight darkness veils the skies,
I call your works to mind;
my thoughts in hushed devotion rise,
and sweet acceptance find.

Throughout my day I'll lift my hands,
and give you thanks in prayer;
your righteous providence demands
my praise for all your care.

My spirit joys to see your grace;
your promise bears me up;
and if salvation long delays,
your word supports my hope.


Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #73

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: To thee, before the dawning light
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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