Do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, We have Abraham for our father; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.@Matthew 3:9
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Isaac Watts (1674-1748)

Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book I, 1707, number 99.

York, melody from the Scottish Psalter, 1650, harmony from J. Milton (?-1647) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Saint John the Baptist and the Pharisees

Vain are the hopes that rebels place
Upon their birth and blood,
Descended from a pious race;
Their fathers now with God.

He from the caves of earth and hell
Can take the hardest stones
And fill the house of Abra’m well
With new-created sons.

Such wondrous power doth He possess
Who formed our mortal frame,
Who called the world from emptiness,
The world obeyed and came.