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ISAAC WATTS
English minister
(1674 - 1748)
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Though reading and conversation may furnish us with many ideas of men and things, yet it is our own meditation must form our judgment.
      - [Meditation]

To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils.
      - [Anger]

Two sentiments alone suffice for man, were he to live the age of the rocks--love, and the contemplation of the Deity.
      - [Love]

Vice and virtue chiefly imply the relation of our actions to men in this world; sin and holiness rather imply their relation to God and the other world.
      - [Vice]

Were both the golden Indies mine, I'd give both Indies for a tear.
      - [Weeping]

When a false argument puts on the appearance of a true one, then it is properly called a sophism or fallacy.
      - [Sophistry]

When general observations are drawn from so many particulars as to become certain and indisputable, these are jewels of knowledge.
      - [Observation]

When two or three sciences are pursued at the same time if one of them be dry, as logic, let another be more entertaining, to secure the mind from weariness.
      - [Study]

Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber,
  Holy angels guard thy bed!
    Heavenly blessings without number
      Gently falling on thy head.
      - A Cradle Hymn [Babyhood : Sleep]

For Satan finds some mischief still
  For idle hands to do.
      - Against Idleness [Idleness]

How doth the little busy bee
  Improve each shining hour,
    And gather honey all the day
      From every opening flower.
      - Against Idleness [Bees]

Let dogs delight to bark and bite,
  For God hath made them so;
    Let bears and loons grown and fight,
      For 'tis their nature too.
      - Against Quarreling [Quarreling]

Softly his fainting head he lay
  Upon his Maker's breast;
    His Maker kiss'd his soul away,
      And laid his flesh to rest.
      - Death of Moses, in Lyrics [Death]

In books, or work, or healthful play,
  Let my first years be past,
    That I may give for every day
      Some good account at last.
      - Divine and Moral Songs for Children--Against Idleness and Mischief
         (song XX) [Childhood : Work]

I have been there, and still would go;
  'Tis like a little heaven below.
      - Divine Songs (28) [Heaven]

Birds in their little nests agree:
  And 'tis a shameful sight,
    When children of one family
      Fall out, and chide, and fight.
      - Divine Songs (XVII) [Childhood]

Lord, I ascribe it to Thy grace,
  And not to chance, as others do,
    That I was born of Christian race.
      - Divine Songs for Children [Christianity]

But, children, you should never let
  Such angry passions rise;
    Your little hands were never made
      To tear each other's eyes.
      - Divine Songs for Children--Against Quarreling and Fighting
        [Passion : Quarreling]

But Thy good word informs my soul
  How I may climb to heaven.
      - Excellency of the Bible [Scripture]

Were I so tall to reach the pole,
  Or grasp the ocean with my span,
    I must be measur'd by my soul:
      The mind's the standard of the man.
      - False Greatness--Horae Lyricae (bk. II)
        [Soul]

And while the lamp holds out to burn,
  The vilest sinner may return.
      - Hymns and Spiritual Songs (bk. I, hymn 88)
        [Repentance]

So, when a raging fever burns,
  We shift from side to side by turns;
    And 'tis a poor relief we gain
      To change the place, but keep the pain.
      - Hymns and Spiritual Songs (bk. II, 146)
        [Change]

Strange! that a harp of thousand strings
  Should keep in tune so long.
      - Hymns and Spiritual Songs (bk. II, 19)
        [Music]

There is a land of pure delight,
  Where saints immortal reign;
    Infinite day excludes the night,
      And pleasures banish pain.
      - Hymns and Spiritual Songs (bk. II, 66)
        [Heaven]

The tall, the wise, the reverend head,
  Must lie as low as ours.
      - Hymns and Spiritual Songs
         (bk. II, hymn 63) [Death : Equality]


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