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The Excellency of the BIBLE.

1 GREAT GOD, with Wonder and with Praise
2 On all thy Works I look;
3 But still thy Wisdom, Pow'r and Grace,
4 Shine brightest in thy Book.
5 The Stars that in their Courses roll,
6 Have much Instruction giv'n;
7 But thy good Word informs my Soul
8 How I may climb to Heav'n.
9 The Fields provide me Food, and show
10 The Goodness of the LORD;
11 But Fruits of Life and Glory grow
12 In thy most holy Word.
13 Here are my choicest Treasures hid,
14 Here my best Comfort lies;
15 Here my Desires are satisfy'd,
16 And hence my Hopes arise.
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17 LORD, make me understand thy Law;
18 Shew what my Faults have been;
19 And from thy Gospel let me draw
20 Pardon for all my Sin.
21 Here would I learn how CHRIST has dy'd
22 To save my Soul from Hell:
23 Not all the Books on Earth beside
24 Such heav'nly Wonders tell.
25 Then let me love my Bible more,
26 And take a fresh Delight
27 By Day to read these Wonders o'er,
28 And meditate by Night.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG VII. The Excellency of the BIBLE.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: song

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. Divine songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; W. Fenner; T. Field; and E. and C. Dilly, 1777, pp. 10-11. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Vet. A5 f.3516].)

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