I sing the almighty power of God
I sing the almighty power of God. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748).
With the title ‘Praise for Creation and Providence’, this was the second text in Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Children (1715). It had eight stanzas. Verse 7 is normally omitted from modern hymnbooks:
In Heaven he shines with Beams of Love,
With Wrath in Hell beneath:
’Tis on his Earth I stand or move,
And ’tis his Air I breath [for ‘breathe’].
Other books shorten the hymn further by omitting the original stanza 6:
Creatures (as num’rous as they be)
Are subject to thy Care:
There’s not a Place where we can flee,
But God is present there.
The final stanza has often been altered...
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