Vain are the hopes the sons of men

Vain are the hopes the sons of men On their own works have built

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 127 hymnals

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1 Vain are the hopes the sons of men
On their own works have built:
Their hearts by nature all unclean,
And all their actions guilt.

2 Let Jew and Gentile stop their mouths,
Without a murmuring word;
And the whole race of Adam stand
Guilty before the Lord.

3 In vain we ask God's righteous law
To justify us now;
Since to convince and to condemn
Is all the law can do.

4 Jesus! how glorious is thy grace!
When in thy name we trust,
Our faith receives a righteousness
That makes the sinner just.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #370

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: Vain are the hopes the sons of men On their own works have built
Title: Vain are the hopes the sons of men
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Vain are the hopes the sons of men. I. Watts. [Justification by Faith.] Published in his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1709, Bk. i., No. 94, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed “Justification by Faith, not by Works; or, The Law condemns, Grace justifies, Rom. iii. 19-22." In the Draft of the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1745, it was given unaltered; in that of 1751 it was slightly changed; and in the authorised issue of the Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, No. xli., st. i., ii. were rewritten, but began with the original first line as above; st. iii. was taken from the Draft of 1751; and st. iv. unaltered from Watts. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron these alterations are attributed to him. The use of the 1781 form of the text is far more extensive than that of the original.

John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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NAOMI (Nägeli)

NAOMI was a melody that Lowell Mason (PHH 96) brought to the United States from Europe and arranged as a hymn tune; the arrangement was first published in the periodical Occasional Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1836). Some scholars have attributed the original melody to Johann G. Nageli (PHH 315), but there…

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EVAN (Havergal)

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Instances

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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d818
A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship approved by the Presbytery of Charleston #d158
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #34Page Scan
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d515
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #49Page Scan
A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #HLITextPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns & Psalms: from the most approved authors: principally from Watts & Rippon: together with originals #64Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under appointment of the Philadelphian Association (2nd ed) #117Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #CXVIIPage Scan
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association (4th ed.) #117Page Scan
A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music for the Church and the Choir #388Page Scan
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #LIText
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #LIText
Baptist Harmony #d236
Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #158aPage Scan
Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d959
Chapel Hymns #d608
Christian Melodies: a selection of hymns and tunes designed for social and private worship in the lecture-room and the family #332Page Scan
Christian Melodies: a selection of hymns and tunes designed for social and private worship in the lecture-room and the family (2nd ed.) #332Page Scan
Christian Mission Hymns #d35
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.94Page Scan
Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d561
Church Hymn Book; consisting of hymns and psalms, original and selected. adapted to public worship and many other occasions. 2nd ed. #396Page Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1106
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #757Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #387Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #387Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #387Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H285Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #285Page Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #541Page Scan
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #527Page Scan
Doctor Watts' Imitation of the Psalms of David, Corrected and Enlarged (3rd. ed.) #XIVTextPage Scan
Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David, corrected and enlarged, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (2nd ed.) #XIVTextPage Scan
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.) #XIVTextPage Scan
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 (Corr. and enl.) #H.XIVTextPage Scan
Gospel Hymns and Tune Book #d386
Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #104Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #250Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #250Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #512Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #512Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #I.XCIVPage Scan
Hymns for Christian Melody #183Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship: selected from Watts, Doddridge, Newton, Cowper, Steele and others #56Page Scan
Hymns for the Reformed Church in the United States #346Page Scan
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #399Page Scan
Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d1198
Manual of Christian Psalmody: a collection of psalms and hymns for public worship #285Page Scan
Melodies of the Church: a collection of psalms and hymns adapted to publick and social worship, seasons of revival, monthly concerts of prayer, and various similar occasions... #d1061
Parish Psalmody #d874
Parish Psalmody #d890
Pocket Hymns: original and selected. designed for the use of the regular Baptist church, and all who love our Lord Jesus Christ #176Page Scan
Primitive Baptist Hymn Book for All Lovers of Sacred Song. 3rd ed. #d196
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship, and Approved by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America #H41Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d863
Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d892
Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: a manual of worship for the church of Christ #609Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d1074
Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d861
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.94Text
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... #111Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H226Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns, for the Use of the German Reformed Church, in the United States of America. (2nd ed.) #185Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #327Page Scan
Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d509
Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d507
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.CCLXIPage Scan
Seamen's Hymns #387Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d650
Social Psalmist: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #387Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1181
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #432Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #432Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #432Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #432Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #432Page Scan
Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #236Page Scan
The Advent Christian Hymnal #d939
The Baptist Harmony #d412
The Baptist Harmony #d424
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #320Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #135.320Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book #320Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #302Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #397Page Scan
The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #272Page Scan
The Choice: in two parts. Part I containing psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs. Designed for public and private worship #H79
The Choice: in two parts; Part I, containing Psalms and hymns, Part II, containing spiritual songs; designed for public and private worship (6th ed.) #H79Page Scan
The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns: with copious selections from other sources; the whole carefully revised and arranged, with directions for musical expression #169Page Scan
The Church Hymn Book #d1066
The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d955
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #414Page Scan
The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book: for social and public worship #276Page Scan
The Devotional Hymn Book #d510
The Ebenezer Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, with an appendix Consisting of Miscellaneous Pieces. 6th ed. #d594
The Good Old Songs #d595
The Hymnal of the Reformed Church in the United States #d685
The Lyrica: a collection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, adapted to general use #223Page Scan
The Modern Harp: or, Boston Sacred Melodist. #d290



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