Isaac Watts was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", credited with some 650 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.
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Roses grow on thorns and honey wears a sting.
For Satan finds some mischief stillFor idle hands to do.
'Tis the voice of the sluggard; I heard him complain, you have waked me too soon, I must slumber again.
Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks.
Our God, our help in ages past,Our hope for years to come,Our shelter from the stormy blast,And our eternal home.
For one drop calls another down, till we are drowned in seas of grief.
Preserve your conscience always soft and sensitive.
If but one sin force its way into that tender part of the soul and dwell there, the road is paved for a thousand iniquities.
To see the dull indifference, the negligent and thoughtless air that sits upon the faces of a whole assembly, while the psalm is upon their lips, might even tempt a charitable observer to suspect the fervency of their inward religion.
Among all the accomplishments of youth there is none preferable to a decent and agreeable behavior among men, a modest freedom of speech, a soft and elegant manner of address, a graceful and lovely deportment, a cheerful gravity and good-humor, with a mind appearing ever serene under the ruffling accidents of human life.
Whatever brawls disturb the street, There should be peace at home.
Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.
When general observations are drawn from so many particulars as to become certain and indisputable, these are jewels of knowledge.
The Fondness we have for Self, and the Relation which other Persons and Things have to ourselves, furnish us with another long Rank of Prejudices.
Disputation carries away the mind from that calm and sedate temper which is so necessary to contemplate truth.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
A dogmatical spirit inclines a man to be censorious of his neighbors.
Every one of his opinions appears to him written, as it were, with sunbeams, and he grows angry that his neighbors do not see it in the same light. He is tempted to disdain his correspondents as men of low and dark understandings because they do not believe what he does.
But, children, you should never let Such angry passions rise;
Your little hands were never made To tear each other's eyes.
Death, like an overflowing stream,
Sweeps us away: our life's a dream.
Birds in their little nest agree; and 'Tis a shameful sight, when children of one family fall out, and chide, and fight.
Order my footsteps by Thy Word and make my heart sincere;
let sin have no dominion, Lord, but keep my conscience clear.
The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
In Job and the Psalms we shall find more sublime ideas, more elevated language, than in any of the heathen versifiers of Greece or Rome.
It was a saying of the ancients, "Truth lies in a well;
" and to carry on this metaphor, we may justly say that logic does supply us with steps, whereby we may go down to reach the water.
Lord, I ascribe it to thy grace,And not to chance as others do,That I was born of Christian race,And not a Heathen, or a Jew.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come / Let earth receive her King / Let every heart, prepare him room / And heaven and nature sing.
Not all the blood of beasts On Jewish altars slain, Could give the guilty conscience peace, Or wash away the stain: But Christ, the heav'nly Lamb, Takes all our sins away, A sacrifice of nobler nam' And richer blood than they.
In common discourse we denominate persons and things according to the major part of their character; he is to be called a wise man who has but few follies.
Everyday is a birthday; every moment of it is new to us; we are born again, renewed for fresh work and endeavor.
It would be of great use to us to form our deliberate judgments of persons and things in the calmest and serenest hours of life, when the passions of nature are all silent, and the mind enjoys its most perfect composure.
Tell of his wondrous faithfulness,
And sound his power abroad;
Sing the sweet promise of his grace,
And the performing God.
So, when a raging fever burns, We shift from side to side by turns;
And 't is a poor relief we gain To change the place, but keep the pain.
Let dogs delight to bark and bite, for God hath made them so.
thanks to my friends for their care in my breeding,
Who taught me betimes to love working and reading.
What's amiss I'll strive to mend,And endure what can't be mended.
The tall, the wise, the reverend head Must lie as low as ours.
Speak softly. It is far better to rule by love than fear.Speak softly. Let no harsh words mar the good we may do here.
A hermit who has been shut up in his cell in a college has contracted a sort of mould and rust upon his soul.
Study detains the mind by the perpetual occurrence of something new, which may gratefully strike the imagination.
Two sentiments alone suffice for man, were he to live the age of the rocks - love, and the contemplation of the Deity.
As a man may be eating all day, and for want of digestion is never nourished, so these endless readers may cram themselves in vain with intellectual food.
Logic helps us to strip off the outward disguise of things, and to behold and judge of them in their own nature.
Do not be deceived; happiness and enjoyment do not lie in wicked ways.
Prayer is a sacred and appointed means to obtain all the blessings that we want, whether they relate to this life or the life to come.
Dear Lord. I give myself away. I've nothing else to give.
Kind words toward those you daily meet, Kind words and actions right, Will make this life of ours most sweet, Turn darkness into night.
Love is amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
Some have a violent and turgid manner of talking and thinking;
they are always in extremes, and pronounce concerning everything in the superlative.