Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme

Begin, my tongue, some heavenly theme. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748). From Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), Book II, ‘Composed on Divine Subjects, Conformable to the Word of God’, in nine stanzas. It was entitled ‘The Faithfulness of God in his Promises.’ Watts altered stanza 4 in the Second Edition (1709) from the original Engrav’d as in Eternal Brass The mighty Promise lies; Nor can the Powers of Darkness raise [a printer’s error for ‘rase’ = erase] The Records of the Engrav’d as in Eternal Brass  The mighty Promise shines,Nor can the Powers of Darkness rase  Those everlasting lines.   The 1709 version has been followed by almost all hymnbooks. The opening was altered...

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