The Glories of Adoption

Behold what wondrous grace

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 346 hymnals

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1 Behold what wondrous grace
The Father hath bestowed
On sinners of a mortal race,
To call them sons of God!

2 Nor doth it yet appear
How great we must be made;
But when we see our Savior here,
We shall be like our Head.

3 If in my Father's love
I share a filial part,
Send down thy Spirit, like a dove,
To rest upon my heart.

Amen.

Source: The Hymnal of The Evangelical United Brethren Church #72

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

Notes

Behold what wondrous grace. I. Watts. [Adoption.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1707 (2nd edition 1709, Book i., No. lxiv.), in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Adoption." In J. Wesley's Psalms & Hymns Charlestown, South Carolina, 1736-7, p. 19, it was given with alterations and the omission of stanza ii. Its modern use is limited in (x. Britain, but extensive in America. In the Draft Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1745, this text was given, as No. xxx., in 5 stanzas, in a recast form….
A comparison of this text with that authorized in the Translations, &c, of 1781, No. lxiii., and which may be found in any modern copy of the Scottish Psalms, &c, will shew at once how much the latter is indebted to the former; and how far both differ from Watts. By whom the 1745 recast was made is not known, but that of 1781, which has been in use in the Church of Scotland for 100 years, is claimed by W. Cameron (q.v.) as his.

-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors #181

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #190

A Collection of Hymns & Spiritual Songs, for Public and Family Worship #d18

A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d18

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d49

A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion #d27

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d84

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d84

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d84

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #465

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d61

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #309

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A Collection of original and select hymns and spiritual songs #CV

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #XVIII

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #342

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #207

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A Manual of Devotion for Soldiers and Sailors #25

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #68

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A New Version of the Psalms of David #HXLVII

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A Pastor's Selection of Hymns and Tunes #255

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #72

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A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #79

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d31

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #693

A. M. E. C. Hymnal #73

A.M.E. Hymnal #d46

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book #208

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #XLVII

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #XLVII

Association Songs No.1 #d16

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Baptist Chorals #251

Book of Common Praise #d52

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d74

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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #571

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Carmina Sanctorum #571

Chapel Hymns #d59

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Christian Melodies #122

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Christian Melodies #122

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d103

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Church Choral-Book #346

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Church Hymns and Gospel Songs #190

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Church Hymns and Gospel Songs #190

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d116

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Church Melodies #711

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Church music #CLXVII

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Church Psalmist #392

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Church Psalmist #392

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Church Psalmist #392

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Church Psalmody #H314

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Church Psalmody #314

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Church Psalmody #579

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Common Praise #256

Companion of Praise for the Sunday School, Family and Prayer Meeting #d16

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d79

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Devotional hymns #S129

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #X

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #X

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David #H.X

English and German Gospel Songs, or The Ebenezer Hymnal #d22

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Every Sabbath #145a

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Exalted Praise, a New Collection of Hymns and Tunes #121c

Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d21

General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d41

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Gipsy Smith's Mission Hymnal #CH190

Gloria in Excelsis #d56

Gospel Hymn and Tune Book #d33

Gospel Light, or Hymns and Tunes for all Occasions of Christian Work and Worship #d41

Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d31

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #72

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #382

Hymn Book of the Colored M.E. Church in America #d58

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #382

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #355

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #355

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #617

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #617

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #317

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book with Accompanying Tunes (Second Edition) #616

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Hymnal Companion to the Prayer Book #616

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Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #317

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Hymnal #208

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Hymns and Chants #51

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship #454

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship. (Rev. ed.) #454

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #723

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d44

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books #I.LXIV

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