Death! 'Tis a melancholy dayAuthor: Isaac Watts
Published in 89 hymnals
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1. Death, ’tis a melancholy day
To those who have no God,
When the poor soul is forced away,
To seek her last abode.
2. In vain to heav’n she lifts her eyes,
For guilt, a heavy chain,
Still drags her downward from the skies
To darkness, fire, and pain.
Source: The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #29b
Death! 'tis a melancholy day. I. Watts. [Death of the Wicked.] Appeared in the 1st edition of his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1707 (2nd edition 1709, Bk. ii. No. 52), in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It is usually abbreviated as in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872. In the Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns for the Worship of God, Richmond, U.S.A., 1867, No. 631: "He is a God of sovereign love," is from this hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|The Cyber Hymnal #9814||Death! 'Tis A Melancholy Day||Death! ’tis a melancholy day||NAOMI||Isaac Watts||CM||<cite>Hymns and Spiritual Songs</cite>, 1707-09, Book II|
|The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #29b||Tribulation||Death, 'tis a melancholy day||TRIBULATION||Isaac Watts||C.M.||1991|