My Soul, Repeat His Praise

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God, I’ll sing out your praise!
Your mercies are so great,
your anger is so slow to rise,
so ready to abate!

The pity that you show
to those that love your word,
is such as tender parents feel:
you love your children, Lord.

Your power subdues all sins
with your forgiving love;
as far the east is from the west
is all our guilt removed.

Your great compassions, God,
endure through timeless years;
and children's children ever find
your promise ends their fears.

Source: In Melody and Songs: hymns from the Psalm versions of Isaac Watts #58

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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My soul, repeat His praise. I. Watts. [Psalms ciii.] First published in his Psalms of David, &c, 1719, p. 267, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, “Abounding Compassion of God; or, Mercy in the Midst of Judgment." It was given with the omission of stanzas ii., iv. and vi., in G. Whitefield's Hymns for Social Worship, &c, 1753, No. 9. This abbreviated form was repeated in M. Madan's Psalms & Hymns, 1760, No. 117, and others, and thus came into common use in the Church of England. It is also given in full in some collections, and again, altered in another way, in others. Its use is extensive.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


ST. THOMAS (Williams)

ST. THOMAS is actually lines 5 through 8 of the sixteen-line tune HOLBORN, composed by Aaron Williams (b. London, England, 1731; d. London, 1776) and published in his Collection (1763, 1765) as a setting for Charles Wesley's text "Soldiers of Christ, Arise" (570). The harmonization is by Lowell Maso…

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