The Witnessing and Sealing Spirit

Why should the children of a King

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 329 hymnals

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1 Why should the children of a King
Go mourning all their days?
Great Comforter, descend, and bring
Some tokens of thy grace.

2 Dost thou not dwell in all the saints,
And seal the heirs of heaven?
When wilt thou banish my complaints,
And show my sins forgiven?

3 Assure my conscience of her part
In the Redeemer's blood;
And bear thy witness with my heart,
That I am born of God.

4 Thou art the earnest of his love,
The pledge of joys to come;
And thy soft wings, celestial Dove,
Will safe convey me home.

Source: Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient & modern (Abr. ed.) #240

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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Why should the children of a [the] King. I. Watts. [Assurance through Faith.] Published in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1709, Bk. i., No. 144, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The Witnessing and Sealing Spirit." It was adopted by G. Whitefield in his Collection of Hymns, &c, 1753; A. M. Toplady in his Psalms & Hymns, 1776, and others amongst the older compilers. It is also widely used in Great Britain and America.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d889

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A Choice Selection of Evangelical Hymns, from various authors #107

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #415

A Collection of Choral Hymns for the ... Hanson Place Methodist Episcopal Congregation #d212

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A Collection of Hymns #150

A Collection of Hymns Adapted to the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #d637

A Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Generally Used at Camp and Prayer Meetings #d237

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d984

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social and Domestic Worship #d990

A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #d991

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A Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship #213

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America #d390

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #462

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A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #44

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A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church #44

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. with a Supplement #d673

A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the United Brethren in Christ #d369

A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d606

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists, with a Supplement #656

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #237

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #104

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A Collection of Hymns #44

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #71b

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A Collection of Sacred Hymns, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #101

A New and Choice Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d173

A New Book of Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal and Other Churches #d273

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A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #140

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A Pastor's Selection of Hymns and Tunes #132

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A Pocket hymn book, designed as a constant companion for the pious #XXXVII

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A Pocket Hymn Book #XXXVII

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A Pocket hymn-book, designed as a constant companion for the pious #XXXVII

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A Pocket Hymn-book #37

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A Pocket Hymn-Book #XXXVII

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book . 27th ed. #d573

A Prayer Meeting and Revival Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d341

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A Selection of Favorite Conference Hymns with Historical Sketches of Church History #75

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCLXX

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCLXX

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A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship. In four parts (10th ed.) (Gadsby's Hymns) #24

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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #94

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A Selection of Hymns for Worship (2nd ed.) #106

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d441

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d269

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #359

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #189

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d1033

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Carmina Sanctorum, a selection of hymns and songs of praise with tunes #277

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Carmina Sanctorum #277

Chapel Hymns #d668

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Christian Praise #337

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d1077

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Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns #359

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1184

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Church Melodies #48

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #271

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Church Psalmist #212

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Church Psalmist #212

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Church Psalmist #212

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Church Psalmody #H221

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Church Psalmody #221

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Church Psalmody #581

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Common Praise #399

Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d826

Cumberland Hymns, a Collection of "Whosoever Will" Songs. Centenary ed. #d258

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Devotional hymns #254

Family and Social Melodies #d403

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Free Methodist Hymnal #280

General Baptist Hymn Book #d534

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #182

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Hymn and Tune Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (Round Note Ed.) #183

Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d573

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South #183

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #144

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #144

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #231

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #231

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #161

Hymnal for Sunday School and Social Worship #d242

Hymnal of the Evangelical Church. Word ed. #d859

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #424

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #424

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Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada #104

Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada with Accompanying Tunes #d334

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Hymns and Chants #156

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship #50

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Hymns and Songs for Social and Sabbath Worship. (Rev. ed.) #50

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #355

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d434

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

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