Scripture Verse

I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in Thy Word. Psalm 119:147


Isaac Watts

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719. Sec­ret de­vo­tion and spir­it­ual-mind­ed­ness; or, con­stant con­verse with God.

Music: So­ho Jo­seph Barn­by, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Joseph Barnby


To Thee, before the dawning light
My gracious God, I pray;
I meditate Thy name by night,
And keep Thy law by day.

My spirit faints to see Thy grace,
Thy promise bears me up;
And while salvation long delays,
Thy Word supports my hope.

Seven times a day I lift my hands,
And pay my thanks to Thee;
Thy righteous providence demands
Repeated praise from me.

When midnight darkness veils the skies,
I call Thy works to mind;
My thoughts in warm devotion rise,
And sweet acceptance find.