How Sweet and Awful

One of the ways we can educate ourselves about the worldview of the Founding Fathers is to explore their hymns. The hymns of that era were full of passion and theology, and provide an experiential understanding of their state of mind.

Author: Isaac Watts, written in 1707 — Tune: St. Columba

1. How sweet and awful is the place
With Christ within the doors,
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores.2. While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast,
Each of us cry, with thankful tongues,
“Lord, why was I a guest?3. “Why was I made to hear thy voice,
And enter while there’s room,
When thousands make a wretched choice,
And rather starve than come?”
4. ‘Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in;
Else we had still refused to taste,
And perished in our sin.5. Pity the nations, O our God,
Constrain the earth to come;
Send thy victorious Word abroad,
And bring the strangers home.6. We long to see thy churches full,
That all the chosen race
May, with one voice and heart and soul,
Sing thy redeeming grace.

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