Death may dissolve my body now

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[Death may dissolve my body now,
And bear my spirit home;
Why do my minutes move so slow,
Nor my salvation come?

With heav'nly weapons I have fought
The battles of the Lord;
Finished my course, and kept the faith,
And wait the sure reward.]

God has laid up in heav'n for me
A crown which cannot fade;
The righteous Judge at that great day
Shall place it on my head.

Nor hath the King of grace decreed
This prize for me alone;
But all that love and long to see
Th' appearance of his Son.

Jesus the Lord shall guard me safe
From every ill design;
And to his heav'nly kingdom keep
This feeble soul of mine.

God is my everlasting aid,
And hell shall rage in vain;
To him be highest glory paid
And endless praise--Amen.



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #658

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: Death may dissolve my body now
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Death may dissolve my body now. I. Watts. [Assurance of Heaven.] First published in his Hymns and Sacred Songs, &c., 1707, Bk. i., No. 27, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Assurance of Heaven; or, A Saint prepared to die." Its use in its full form, except in America, is limited. In Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book., No. 857, "With heavenly weapons I have fought” is composed of stanzas ii.-iv., slightly alteredition The original hymn, with slight alterations in stanza v. only, was included in the draft of the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1745, as No. xxxiii. In the authorized issue of the Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, a recast of the original was given as No. Iv., "My race is run, my warfare's o'er." The alterations were numerous (the first line dating from the Draft of 1751); and in the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron (q.v.) are ascribed to him. It must be designated, Watts, 1707, Sacred Translations & Paraphrases, 1781, W. Cameron. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Hymns, More Particularly Designed for the Use of the West Society in Boston. (2nd ed. with Additions) #LXVIII

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A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #HXXXIX

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #503

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #XXXIX

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Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #XXXIX

Baptist Harmony #d59

Chapel Hymns #d122

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d111

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d221

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #860

Cole's Pocket Edition of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Containing Most of the Tunes Used in Different Churches #d27

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #529

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Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #503

Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d110

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Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1277

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d95

Hymns and Spiritual Songs with Choruses Affixed; as Usually Sung at Camp-Meetings. 24th ed. #d37

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #12

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (8th ed.) #12

Hymns and Spiritual Songs. 1st Canadian ed. #d75

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Hymns for Christian Melody #851

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #398

Hymns Selected #d44

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d44

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d90

Primitive Baptist Hymn Book for All Lovers of Sacred Song. 3rd ed. #d120

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d152

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d165

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d165

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.27

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H493

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Psalms and Hymns: adapted to social, private and public worship in the Cumberland Presbyterian Chruch #430

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs ... for the Use of the United Church of Christ, Commonly Called Free Will Baptist #d59

Sacred poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns adapted to Christian devotion in publick & private. New ed. #d86

Sacred Poetry: Consisting of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to Christian Devotion, in Publick and Private. New Ed. #d85

Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d38

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #1184

The Christian Hymn Book #d138

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d141

The Church Hymn Book #d212

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The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #390

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The Cyber Hymnal #9813

The Ebenezer Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs, with an appendix Consisting of Miscellaneous Pieces. 6th ed. #d124

The National Baptist Hymn Book #d120

The National Baptist Hymn Book: a collection of old meter songs (Worded ed.) #ad120

The New Jubilee Harp, or Christian hymns and songs. a new collection of hymns and tunes for public and social worship. #216

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The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #735

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #658

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The Psalms and Hymns, with the Catechism, Confession of Faith, and Liturgy, of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America #130

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The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #H732

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The Psalms and Hymns: with the catechism, confession of faith and liturgy of the Reformed Dutch Church in North America #130

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d48

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The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #I.XXVII

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d195

The Southern Psalmist #d167

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d176

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #265

Union Hymns. Rev. #d83

Union Hymns. Rev. #d85

Virginia Selection of Psalms #d103

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