The First and Second Adam

Deep in the dust before thy throne

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 31 hymnals

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1 Deep in the dust before Thy throne,
Our guilt and our disgrace we own;
Great God! we own th'unhappy name
Whence sprung our nature and our shame.

2 But whilst our spirits, filled with awe,
Behold the terrors of Thy law,
We sing the honors of Thy grace,
That sent to save our ruined race.

3 We sing Thine everlasting Son,
Who joined our nature to His own:
The second Adam, from the dust,
Raises the ruins of the first.

4 Where sin did reign, and death abound,
There have the sons of Adam found
Abounding life; there glorious grace
Reigns through the Lord our righteousness.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #377

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 >

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First Line: Deep in the dust before thy throne
Title: The First and Second Adam
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Deep in the dust before Thy throne. I. Watts. [First and Second Adam.] From his Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 1709, Bk. i., No. 124, into a limited number of modern hymnals.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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