Isaac Watts

(17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748 / Southampton / England)

Hymn 101 Poem by Isaac Watts


Joy in heaven for a repenting sinner.

Luke 15:7,10.

Who can describe the joys that rise
Through all the courts of Paradise,
To see a prodigal return,
To see an heir of glory born?

With joy the Father doth approve
The fruit of his eternal love;
The Son with joy looks down and sees
The purchase of his agonies.

The Spirit takes delight to view
The holy soul he formed anew;
And saints and angels join to sing,
The growing empire of their King.

Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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