Let the old heathens tune their song

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Let the old heathens tune their song is a hymn by Isaac Watts, published as Hymn 21 in Book 2 of his Hymns and Spiritual Songs.

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1  Let the old heathens tune their song
Of great Diana and of Jove;
But the sweet theme that moves my tongue
Is my Redeemer and his love.

2  Behold a God descends and dies
To save my soul from gaping hell!
How the black gulf where Satan lies
Yawn'd to receive me when I fell!

3  How justice frown'd and vengeance stood
To drive me down to endless pain!
But the great Son propos'd his blood,
And heav'nly wrath grew mild again.

4  Infinite Lover! gracious Lord!
To thee be endless honours giv'n;
Thy wondrous name shall be ador'd
Round the wide earth and wider heav'n.

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