Behold the path which mortals tread

Behold the path which mortals tread

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 47 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Behold the path which mortals tread
Down to the regions of the dead!
Nor will the fleeting moments stay,
Nor can we measure back our way.

2 Our kindred and our friends are gone;
Know, O my soul, this doom thy own.
Feeble as theirs thy mortal frame,
The same thy way, thy home the same.

3 From vital air, from cheerful light,
To the cold grave's perpetual night,—
From scenes of duty, means of grace,
Must I to God's tribunal pass!

4 Awake, my soul! thy way prepare,
And lose in this each meaner care;
With steady feet that path be trod,
Which, thro' the grave, conducts to God.

5 Father! to thee my all I trust;
And, if my flesh return to dust,
'Tis thy decree, I bless thy hand,
And die resign'd to thy command.

Source: A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; to which are added prayers for families and individuals #477

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Behold the path which mortals tread
Author: Philip Doddridge
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Behold the path that [which] mortals tread. P. Doddridge. [Journey of Life.] In the Doddridge Manuscript, this hymn is No. 44, but is undated. It was published as No. 27 in J. Orton's edition of Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, and again in J. D. Humphreys’ edition of the same, 1839. It is in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Great Journey. Job xvi. 22." Its use is chiefly confined to America.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #477

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #477

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #477

A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship approved by the Presbytery of Charleston #d21

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d41

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A Collection of Hymns #409

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship #CXXXVIII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #CXXXVIII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #552

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #451

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors #d37

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H114

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A Selection of Psalms with occasional hymns (Charleston hymnal) #H.XLIII

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #451

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #451

Asaph #d32

Chapel Hymns #d57

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Church Melodies #620

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #541

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #541

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #501

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of the Unitarian Church in Washington #d21

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Plymouth Collection #a311

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #311

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H470

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #b1192

Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #1192

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1192

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1192

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Songs for the Sanctuary #1192

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1192

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #1192

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Songs of the Church #1140

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #311

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The Baptist Praise Book #560

The Choice #S131

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The Choice #S131

The Christian Psalter #d54

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The College Hymnal #461

The Halifax Selection of Hymns #d50

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The Palm #104b

The Southern Psalmist #d74

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d80

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #196

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