How Awful is Thy Chast'ning Rod!

Melody -

Isaac Watts, 1674-1748

How awful is thy chast'ning rod!
May thy own children say:
The great, the wise, the dreadful God!
How holy is his way!

2. I'll meditate his works of old,
The King that reigns above;
I'll hear his ancient wonders told,
And learn to trust his love.

3. Long did the house of Joseph lie
With Egypt's yoke oppressed;
Long he delayed to hear their cry,
Or gave his people rest.

4. The sons of good old Jacob seemed
Abandoned to their foes;
But his almighty arm redeemed
The nation that he chose.

5. Isr'el, his people and his sheep,
Must follow where he calls;
He bade them venture through the deep,
And made the waves their walls.

6. The waters saw thee, mighty God!
The waters saw thee come;
Backward they fled, and frighted stood,
To make thine armies room.

7. Strange was thy journey through the sea
Thy footsteps, Lord, unknown;
Terrors attend the wondrous way
That brings thy mercies down.

8. Thy voice, with terror in the sound,
Through clouds and darkness broke;
All heav'n in lightning shone around,
And earth with thunder shook.

9. Thine arrows through the skies were hurled;
How glorious is the Lord!
Surprise and trembling seized the world,
And his own saints adored.

10. He gave them water from the rock,
And safe, by Moses' hand,
Through a dry desert led his flock
Home to the promised land.

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