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Give thanks to God the sovereign Lord

Give thanks to God the sovereign Lord

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 48 hymnals

Representative Text

Give thanks to God the sovereign Lord;
His mercies still endure;
And be the King of kings adored;
His truth is ever sure.

What wonders hath his wisdom done!
How mighty is his hand!
Heav'n, earth, and sea, he framed alone;
How wide is his command

The sun supplies the day with light;
How bright his counsels shine!
The moon and stars adorn the night;
His works are all divine.

[He struck the sons of Egypt dead;
How dreadful is his rod!
And thence with joy his people led;
How gracious is our God!

He cleft the swelling sea in two;
His arm is great in might;
And gave the tribes a passage through;
His power and grace unite.

But Pharaoh's army there he drowned;
How glorious are his ways!
And brought his saints through desert ground;
Eternal be his praise!

Great monarchs fell beneath his hand;
Victorious is his sword;
While Isr'el took the promised land;
And faithful is his word.]

He saw the nations dead in sin;
He felt his pity move:
How sad the state the world was in!
How boundless was his love!

He sent to save us from our woe;
His goodness never fails;
From death, and hell, and every foe;
And still his grace prevails.

Give thanks to God the heav'nly King;
His mercies still endure:
Let the whole earth his praises sing;
His truth is ever sure.

The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, 1806

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Give thanks to God the sovereign Lord
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Give thanks to God the Sovereign Lord, [King] . I. Watts. [Ps. cxxxvi.] This C.M. version of Ps. 136 was published in his Psalms of David, &c., 1719, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, with the following note:—

"In every stanza of this Psalm I have endeavoured to imitate the Chorus or Burden of the Song, For His mercy endureth for ever, and yet to maintain a perpetual variety."

The systematic way in which this end is accomplished is sketched out in the title which he gave to his Paraphrase. It reads: "God's Wonders of Creation, Providence, Redemption of Israel, and Salvation of his People." The form in which it is found in most modern collections, as in New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 226, and others, eliminates the reference to the "Redemption of Israel," thus reducing the hymn to 6 stanzas. The first line sometimes reads: "Give thanks to God, the Sovereign King."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #41

Cantica Laudis #d79

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Carmina Sacra #129a

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d257

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Church Hymn Book #P.CXXXVI

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d296

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Church Psalmist #P136b

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Church Psalmist #P136b

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Church Psalmist #P136b

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Church Psalmody #P136.2

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Church Psalmody #P136b

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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.) #256

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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.) #240

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #256

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #240

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #CXXXVIa

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Dr. Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #300

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d71

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In Melody and Songs #97

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #P136b

Melodies of the Church #d275

Parish Psalmody #d192

Parish Psalmody #d198

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d217

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d226

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d210

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #Ps.310

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Psalms and Hymns, Adapted to Public Worship #P136.1

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P136.1

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Psalms and Hymns #P136b

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Psalms, carefully suited to the Christian worship in the United States of America #281

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Psalms #136a

The Bay State Collection of Church Music #d47

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The Choir #100a

The Christian Hymn Book #d183

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d185

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #P136a

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The Christian Psalmist #P136b

The National Psalmist #d45

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #468

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The Psalms of David #CXXXVIa

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The Psalms of David #P136a

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The Psalms of David #251

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #136a

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The Virginia Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #32

Virginia Selection of Psalms #d133

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