A Morning Hymn

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1 God of the morning, at thy voice
The cheerful sun makes haste to rise,
And like a giant doth rejoice
To run his journey through the skies.

2 O, like the sun may I fulfill
The appointed duties of the day;
With ready mind and active will,
March on, and keep my heavenly way.

3 Lord, thy commands are clean and pure,
Enlightening our beclouded eyes;
Thy threatenings just, thy promise sure;
Thy gospel makes the simple wise.

4 Give me thy counsels for my guide,
And then receive me to thy bliss;
All my desires and hopes beside
Are faint and cold compared with this.

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #539

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: God of the morning, at whose voice
Title: A Morning Hymn
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


God of the morning, at [Thy] Whose voice. J. Watts. [Morning.] First published in his Hymns & Sacred Songs, 1709, Book i., No. 79, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, as "A Morning Hymn." It is sometimes used in an abbreviated form, and as "God of the morning, at Thy voice." Its use in its full, or in abridged form, is extensive in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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First published anonymously in Henry Boyd's Select Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1793), DUKE STREET was credited to John Hatton (b. Warrington, England, c. 1710; d, St. Helen's, Lancaster, England, 1793) in William Dixon's Euphonia (1805). Virtually nothing is known about Hatton, its composer,…

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