Isaac Watts
Southampton / England

The Incomprehensible

Rating: 2.9
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.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
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COMMENTS
Amar Agarwala 05 October 2016
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.
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Seamus O Brian 05 October 2016
A powerful piece by a towering author. Humbling, indeed, its contemplations
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Ratnakar Mandlik 05 October 2016
Faith shall direct her humble flight, Through all the trackless seas of light. Great conceptualization. Thanks for sharing.
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