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THE Divine Sovereignty.

1 GReat God, indulge a Mortal Tongue,
2 Nor let thy Thunders roar
3 Whilst little Notes and feeble Song
4 Attempt th' Eternal Pow'r.
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5 Life, Death, and Hell, and Worlds unknown
6 Hang on thy firm Decree;
7 Thou sit'st on no precarious Throne,
8 Nor Borrowest leave to Be.
9 Thy Sovereign Voice bids ancient Night
10 Her Spacious Realms resign,
11 And Lo! ten Thousand Globes of Light
12 In Fields of Azure shine.
13 Thy Wisdom with Superiour Sway
14 Guides this vast moving Frame;
15 Whilst all the Ranks of Being pay
16 Deep Reverence to thy Name.
17 Vengeance attends t' obey thy Frown,
18 And Blessings wait thy Smile;
19 A Wreath of Lightning arms thy Crown,
20 But Love adorns it still.
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21 Unnumber'd Wonders in thee meet,
22 And various Glory shines;
23 The Crossing Rays too fiercely beat
24 Upon our fainting Minds.
25 Angels are lost in sweet Surprize
26 If thou unvail thy Grace;
27 And humble Awe runs thro' the Skies
28 When Wrath arrays thy Face.
29 When Mercy joyns with Majesty
30 To spread their Beams abroad,
31 Not all the fairest Minds on high
32 Are Shadows of a God.
33 Thy Mighty Works Great Gabriel Sings
34 In a too feeble Strain;
35 And labours upon all his Strings
36 To reach thy Thoughts in vain.
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37 Created Powers how weak they be!
38 How short our Praises fall!
39 So much akin to Nothing We,
40 And Thou th' Eternal All.


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Title (in Source Edition): THE Divine Sovereignty.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: hymn

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Horæ lyricæ: Poems, chiefly of the lyric kind. In two books. ... By I. Watts. London: Printed by S. and D. Bridge, for John Lawrence at the Sign of the Angel in the Poultrey. MDCCVI., 1706, pp. 1-4. [20],267,[1]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T82397; OTA K067329.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.)

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