Sunday, October 13, 2019

A seven year old’s poem

Young Isaac Watts, long before he was “the father of English hymnody,” at age seven wrote an acrostic poem that spelled out the letters of his name. It is 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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