Friday, November 28, 2014

Isaac Watts

At the age of seven, the one-day-to-be-Father-of-English-hymnody Isaac Watts wrote an acrostic poem spelling out the letters of his name. It was as follows:

"I" - I am a vile, polluted lump of earth 
"S" - So I've continued ever since my birth 
"A" - Although Jehovah, grace doth daily give me 
"A" - As sure this monster, Satan, will deceive me 
"C" - Come therefore, Lord, from Satan's claws relieve me.

"W" - Wash me in Thy blood, O Christ 
"A" - And grace divine impart 
"T" - Then search and try the corners of my heart 
"T" - That I in all things may be fit to do 
"S" - Service to Thee, and Thy praise too.

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