11230. My Thoughts On Awful Subjects Roll

1 My thoughts on awful subjects roll,
Damnation and the dead;
What horrors seize the guilty soul
Upon a dying bed!

2 Lingering about these mortal shores,
She makes a long delay,
Till, like a flood, with rapid force
Death sweeps the wretch away.

3 Then swift and dreadful she descends
Down to the fiery coast,
Amongst abominable fiends,
Herself a frightful ghost.

4 There endless crowds of sinners lie,
And darkness makes their chains;
Tortured with keen despair they cry,
Yet wait for fiercer pains.

5 Not all their anguish and their blood
For their old guilt atones,
Nor the compassion of a God
Shall hearken to their groans.

6 Amazing grace! that kept my breath
Nor bid my soul remove,
Till I had learned my Savior’s death
And well insured His love.

Text Information
First Line: My thoughts on awful subjects roll
Title: My Thoughts On Awful Subjects Roll
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707-09, Book II
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: OLD MARTYRS from Scottish Psalter; THE WAITS' SONG, English traditional
Tune Information
Composer: Giocchino Antonio Rossini (1851, arr.)
Meter: CM
Key: G Major
Source: Collection of Church Music by Henry W. Greatorex, 1851
Copyright: Public Domain

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