Thus saith the high and lofty one
This is an hymn by Isaac Watts, his Hymn 87 of Book 1, published 1709, entitled God dwells with the humble and penitent, based on Isaiah 47:15-16.
Settings by composers
- Daniel Belknap — Monson
- William Billings — Petersburgh
- Thomas Clark — Thus saith the high and lofty one
Text and translations
Thus saith the high and lofty one:
"I sit upon my holy throne;
My name is God, I dwell on high,
Dwell in my own eternity.
"But I descend to worlds below,
On earth I have a mansion too;
The humble spirit and contrite
Is an abode of my delight.
"The humble soul my words revive,
I bid the mourning sinner live,
Heal all the broken hearts I find,
And ease the sorrows of the mind.
"When I contend against their sin,
I make them know how vile they've been;
But should my wrath for ever smoke,
Their souls would sink beneath my stroke."
O may thy pardoning grace be nigh,
Lest we should faint, despair, and die!
Thus shall our better thoughts approve
The methods of thy chastening love.
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