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GOD Sovereign and Gracious.

1 THE Lord! how fearful is his Name?
2 How wide is his Command?
3 Nature with all its Mighty Frame
4 Lies rolling in his Hand.
5 Immortal Glory forms his Throne,
6 And Light his Awful Robe;
7 Whilst with a Smile or with a Frown
8 He manages the Globe.
9 A Word of His Almighty Breath
10 Can swell or sink the Seas;
11 Build the vast Empires of the Earth,
12 Or break 'em as he please.
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13 Adoring Angels round him fall
14 In all their Shining Forms,
15 His Sovereign Eye looks thro' them all,
16 And pities Mortal Worms.
17 His Bowels to our Worthless Race
18 In sweet Compassion move;
19 He Cloaths his Looks with softest Grace,
20 And takes his Title, Love.
21 Now let the Lord for ever Reign,
22 And Sway us as he will,
23 Sick or in Health, in Ease or Pain,
24 We are his Favourites still.
25 No more shall peevish Passion rise,
26 The Tongue no more Complain;
27 'Tis Sovereign Love that lends our Joys,
28 And Love resumes again.


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Title (in Source Edition): GOD Sovereign and Gracious.
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. 76-77. [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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