Isaac Watts

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

The Incomprehensible - Poem by Isaac Watts

FAR in the Heavens my God retires:
My God, the mark of my desires,
And hides his lovely face;
When he descends within my view,
He charms my reason to pursue,
But leaves it tir’d and fainting in th’ unequal chase.

Or if I reach unusual height
Till near his presence brought,
There floods of glory check my flight,
Cramp the bold pinions of my wit,
And all untune my thought;
Plunged in a sea of light I roll,
Where wisdom, justice, mercy, shines;
Infinite rays in crossing lines
Beat thick confusion on my sight, and overwhelm my soul.…
Great God! behold my reason lies
Adoring: yet my love would rise
On pinions not her own:
Faith shall direct her humble flight,
Through all the trackless seas of light,
To Thee, th’ Eternal Fair, the infinite Unknown.


Comments about The Incomprehensible by Isaac Watts

  • Amar Agarwala (10/5/2016 8:10:00 PM)


    A poem with verses that are both powerful and deep... my first reading of Isaac Watts. Would like to read more of his work. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Seamus O' Brian (10/5/2016 10:18:00 AM)


    A powerful piece by a towering author. Humbling, indeed, its contemplations (Report) Reply

  • (10/5/2016 6:22:00 AM)


    Faith shall direct her humble flight,
    Through all the trackless seas of light.
    Great conceptualization. Thanks for sharing.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010



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