O the delights, the heavenly joys
O the delights, the heavenly joys. Isaac Watts* (1674-1848).
This is Hymn 91 from Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), Book II, ‘Composed on Divine Subjects, Conformable to the Word of God’. It was entitled ‘The Glory of Christ in Heaven’. The nine stanzas in 1707 were as follows:
O the Delights, the heavenly Joys, The Glorys of the Place, Where Jesus sheds the brightest Beams Of his O’er-flowing Grace!
Sweet Majesty and awful Love Sit smiling on his Brow, And all the glorious Ranks above At humble Distance bow.
Princes to his Imperial Name Bend their bright Scepters down, Dominions, Thrones, and Powers rejoice To see him wear the Crown.
Archangels sound his lofty...
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