The word of the Lord was precious in those days. 1 Samuel 3:1
Words: Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David 1719 (originally, I Love the Volumes of Thy Word). Published in altered form in Carmina Sacra (Boston, Massachusetts: John H. Wilkins & Richard B. Carter, 1844), page 84.
How precious, Lord, Thy sacred Word,
What light and joy those leaves afford
To souls in deep distress!
Thy precepts guide our doubtful way,
Thy fear forbids our feet to stray,
Thy promise leads to rest.
Thy threatenings wake our slumbering eyes,
And warn us where our danger lies;
But ’tis Thy Gospel, Lord,
That makes the guilty conscience clean,
Converts the soul, and conquers sin,
And gives a free reward.