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My Soul forsakes her vain Delight,

Parting with carnal Joys.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1707
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
My Soul forsakes her vain Delight,
And bids the World farewell;
Base as the Dirt beneath my Feet,
And mischievous as Hell.


Leander 71, Stanza 1a

My Soul Forsakes Her Vain Delight (Leander) 71, Stanza 1a
2
No longer will I ask your Love,
Nor seek your Friendship more;
The Happiness that I approve
Is not within your Pow'r.


Leander 71, Stanza 1b

My Soul Forsakes Her Vain Delight (Leander) 71, Stanza 1b
3
There's nothing round this spacious Earth
That suits my large Desire;
To boundless Joy, and solid Mirth,
My nobler Thoughts aspire.


Leander 71, Stanza 2a

My Soul Forsakes Her Vain Delight (Leander) 71, Stanza 3a
4
[Where Pleasure rolls its living Flood,
From Sin and Dross refin'd,
Still springing from the Throne of GOD,
And fit to cheer the Mind.



My Soul Forsakes Her Vain Delight (Leander) 71, Stanza 2a
5
Th' Almighty Ruler of the Sphere,
The Glorious and the Great,
Brings his own All-sufficience there,
To make our Bliss complete.]



My Soul Forsakes Her Vain Delight (Leander) 71, Stanza 2b
6
Had I the Pinions of a Dove,
I'd climb the heav'nly Road;
There sits my Saviour dress'd in Love,
And there my smiling GOD.


Leander 71, Stanza 2b

My Soul Forsakes Her Vain Delight (Leander) 71, Stanza 3b

Watts, Isaac. Hymns and Spiritual Songs: In Three Books. 1773 ed. London: S. Strahan et. al., 1773.