Do flesh and nature dread to die

Do flesh and nature dread to die

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 19 hymnals

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1 Do flesh and nature dread to die?
And timorous thoughts our minds enslave?
But grace can raise our hopes on high,
And quell the terrors of the grave.

2 Do we not dwell in clouds below,
And little know the God we love?
Why should we like this twilight so,
When ’tis all noon in worlds above?

3 When we put off this fleshly load,
We’re from a thousand mischiefs free,
For ever present with our God,
Where we have longed and wished to be.

4 No more shall pride or passion rise,
Or envy fret, or malice roar,
Or sorrow mourn, with downcast eyes,
And sin defile our eyes no more.

5 ’Tis best, ’tis infinitely best,
To go where tempters cannot come,
Where saints and angels, ever blest,
Dwell and enjoy their heavenly home.

6 O for a visit from my God,
To drive my fears of death away,
And help me through this darksome road,
To realms of everlasting day!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9863

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: Do flesh and nature dread to die
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #9863
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