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Is There A World Of Bitter Woe?

Is there a world of bitter woe

Author: William Hiley Bathurst
Published in 1 hymnal

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Is there a world of bitter woe,
And never ending pain;
Where tears of deepest anguish flow
For ever—but in vain?

2 And it is written in the Word
Of God, who cannot lie,
That sinners who deny the Lord,
Must go there when they die?

3 O then, what more than madness reigns
Amongst our guilty race!
Love we to dwell in burning pains,
Beyond the reach of grace;

4 Where God shall bid His vengeance fall,
His terrors still increase;
And hope, that whispers peace to all,
Shall never whisper peace?

5 Dare we the word of truth despise,
The wrath of God defy?
And proudly scorning to be wise,
In sin and ruin lie?

6 Lord, teach my stubborn heart to feel
The wonders of Thy love;
Ere the last trumpet’s solemn peal
Sounds through the vault above;

7 O may I learn, while yet brief space
Thy mercy doth afford;
To trust the promise of Thy grace,
And live upon Thy Word:

8 So shall that voice which wakes the dead,
And tells of judgment near,
Which fills a guilty world with dread,
Be music to mine ear.

9 So shall I rest from sorrow free,
My fears and trials o’er;
So pass through life’s tempestuous sea
Safe to the happy shore.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9542

Author: William Hiley Bathurst

Bathurst, William Hiley , M.A., son of the Rt. Hon. Charles Bragge (afterwards Bathurst) some time M.P. for Bristol, born at Clevedale, near Bristol, Aug. 28, 1796, and educated at Winchester, and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1818. From 1820 to 1852 he held the Rectory of Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds. Resigning the Rectory in the latter year, through his inability to reconcile his doctrinal views with the Book of Common Prayer, he retired into private life, and died at Lydney Park, Gloucestershire, Nov. 25, 1877. His works include, The Georgics of Virgil: Translated by W. H. B., 1849; Metrical Musings; or, Thoughts on Sacred Subjects in Verse, 1849; and Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, 1831 (2nd ed. 1842). This last… Go to person page >

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First Line: Is there a world of bitter woe
Title: Is There A World Of Bitter Woe?
Author: William Hiley Bathurst
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #9542
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