Scripture Verse

The Lord is great…above all gods. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. Psalm 135:5–6

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. The works of cre­a­tion, pro­vi­dence, re­demp­tion of Is­ra­el, and des­truc­tion of en­e­mies.

Music: Lou­van Vir­gil C. Tay­lor, Cho­ral An­thems (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Tay­lor (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Great is the Lord, exalted high
Above all powers and every throne:
Whate’er He please, in earth or sea,
Or Heav’n or hell, His hand hath done.

At His command the vapors rise,
The lightnings flash, the thunders roar;
He pours the rain, He brings the wind,
And tempest from His airy store.

’Twas He those dreadful tokens sent,
O Egypt, thro’ thy stubborn land,
When all thy first born, beasts and men,
Fell dead by His avenging hand.

What mighty nations, mighty kings
He slew, and their whole country gave
To Israel, whom His hand redeemed,
No more to be proud Pharaoh’s slave!

His power the same, the same His grace,
That saves us from the hosts of hell;
And Heav’n He gives us to possess,
Whence those apostate angels fell.