These glorious minds how bright they shine!

These glorious minds how bright they shine

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 87 hymnals

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"These glorious minds, how bright they shine!
Whence all their white array?
How came they to the happy seats
Of everlasting day?"

From torturing pains to endless joys
On fiery wheels they rode,
And strangely washed their raiment white
In Jesus' dying blood.

Now they approach a spotless God,
And bow before his throne
Their warbling harps and sacred songs
Adore the Holy One.

The unveiled glories of his face
Amongst his saints reside,
While the rich treasure of his grace
Sees all their wants supplied.

Tormenting thirst shall leave their souls,
And hunger flee as fast;
The fruit of life's immortal tree
Shall be their sweet repast.

The Lamb shall lead his heav'nly flock
Where living fountains rise;
And love divine shall wipe away
The sorrows of their eyes.



Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.41

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: These glorious minds how bright they shine
Title: These glorious minds how bright they shine!
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

These glorious minds, how bright they shine. J. Watts. [Martyrs.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1707, Bk. i., No. 41, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Martyrs glorified. Rev. vii., 13, &c." In this form it is rarely used. In the Draft of the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases of 1745, it is given as No. xliii. The author of this recast is unknown. This text was repeated, with slight changes, in the Draft of 1751, but in the authorized issue of the Translations, &c, of 1781, it underwent considerable changes.

This text has been in authorized use in the Church of Scotland for more than 100 years. It is also in extensive use in all English-speaking countries, and sometimes with a doxology added thereto, as in Hymns Ancient & Modern. It has been translated into several languages, e.g. into Latin, by H. M. Macgill, in his Songs of the Christian Creed and Life, 1876, as:—“Animae clare lucentes." The 1781 version is claimed by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron as his. His indebtedness, however, to the recast of 1745 was very great. Its right designation is I. Watts, 1709; Scottish Draft Translations and Paraphrases, 1745; and W. Cameron, 1781. From the 1781 text we also have:—
1. A numbered company behold. By Jane E. Leeson, in her Paraphrases and Hymns, 1853. This is a recast.
2. How bright these saints in glory shine. In T. Darling's Hymns for the Church of England. 1857-88.
3. How bright those saints in glory shine. In J. B. Whiting's Hymns for the Church Catholic. 1882.
These altered versions of the text are not in extensive use.

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

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The Cyber Hymnal #6575
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Harmonia Americana: containing a concise introduction to the grounds of music; with a variety of airs, suitable fore divine worship and the use of musical societies; consisting of three and four parts #23
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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #549

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #239

A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship. 2nd ed. #d324

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #239

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A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #239

A Compilation of Genuine Church Music. 4th ed. #d285

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A New Version of the Psalms of David #HX

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d378

A Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, from the Most Approved Authors ... of the Church of Christ #d297

Advent Hymn Book #d109

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

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

Cantica Laudis #d298

Chapel Hymns #d557

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Christian Hymns #341

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #287

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1019

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #934

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Church Psalmist #696

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Church Psalmist #696

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Church Psalmist #696

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Church Psalmody #H644

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Church Psalmody #644

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Church Psalmody #631

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Harmonia Americana #23

Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d321

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d374

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

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #14

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (8th ed.) #14

Hymns and Spiritual Songs. 1st Canadian ed. #d290

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d500

Hymns Selected #d203

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d202

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Manual of Christian Psalmody #644

Melodies of the Church #d976

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Millennial Harp #C111

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Millennial Harp #M111

Millennial Musings #d100

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Plymouth Collection #a1241

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1241

Portsmouth Sunday School Hymn Book #d157

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d797

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d976

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.41

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H521

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d409

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Psalms and Hymns #759

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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #341

Sacred poetry #d457

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Sacred Poetry #aH.CCXL

Sacred Poetry #d455

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Sacred Poetry #H.CCXL

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Seamen's Hymns #696

Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d599

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Social Psalmist #696

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The Advent Harp; designed for believers in the speedy coming of Christ #107a

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1241

The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d545

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The Baptist Hymn Book #1282

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The Chapel hymn book, with tunes #724

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The Choice #H132

The Choice #H132

The Christian Hymn Book #d617

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d619

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The Christian Psalmist; or, Watts' Psalms and Hymns #641

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The Christian Psalmist #578

The Christian Psalter #d560

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The Christian's Duty #CCLXXXVII

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The Christians Duty, exhibited, in a series of Hymns #CCLXXXVII

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The Columbian Repository #397

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The Congregational Hymn Book #1063

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The Cyber Hymnal #6575

The Harmonia Sacra. 14th ed. #d314

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The New Harmonia Sacra #119a

The Primitive Hymns #d571

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The Psalmist #1175

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The Psalmist #1175

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The Psalmody #1182

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #689

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d218

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The Psalms of David #I.XLI

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #A41

The Universalist Hymn Book #d443

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The Universalist Hymn-Book #278

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