Deliverance from Slander and Reproach

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8 My heart rejoices in thy name,
My god, my heav'nly trust;
Thou hast preserv'd me free from shame,
Mine honour from the dust.

9"My life is spent with grief, I cry'd,
"My years consum'd in groans,
"My strength decays, mine eyes are dry'd,
"And sorrow wastes my bones."

10 Among mine enemies my name
A proverb vile was grown,
While to my neighbours I become
Forgotten and unknown.

11 Slander and fear on ev'ry side
Seiz'd and beset me round,
I to thy throne of grace apply'd,
And speedy rescue found.

12 How great deliv'rance thou hast wrought
Before the sons of men!
The lying lips to silence brought,
And made their boasting vain!

13 Thy children from the strife of tongues
Shall thy pavilion hide,
Guard them from infamy and wrongs,
And crunch the sons of pride.

14 Within thy secret presence Lord,
Let me for ever dwell;
No fenced city, wall'd and barr'd
Secures a saint so well.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #P.XXXI.II

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: My heart rejoices in thy name
Title: Deliverance from Slander and Reproach
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Lowell Mason (PHH 96) adapted AZMON from a melody composed by Carl G. Gläser in 1828. Mason published a duple-meter version in his Modern Psalmist (1839) but changed it to triple meter in his later publications. Mason used (often obscure) biblical names for his tune titles; Azmon, a city south of C…

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