Life is the time to serve the Lord

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1. Life is the time to serve the Lord,
The time t’insure the great reward;
And while the lamp holds out to burn
The vilest sinner may return.

2. Life is the hour that God has giv’n,
To escape hell and fly to heav’n;
The day of grace, and mortals may
Secure the blessing of the day.

3. The living know that they must die,
But all the dead forgotten lie;
Their mem’ry and their sense is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.

Source: The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #28b

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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Life is the time to serve the Lord. I. Watts. [Life for God.] First published in his Hymns & Spiritual Songs, in the 2nd edition, 1709, Bk. i.. No. 88, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Life the Day of Grace and Hope." It is found in a few modern collections. In the authorized issue of the Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, No. xv., on Eccl. ix. 4, &c, it is recast as:—

"As long as life its term extends,
Hope's blest dominion never ends."

In the markings of the Translations & Paraphrases by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron (q.v.), this recast is attributed to Cameron. Its use is very extensive.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Choice Collection of Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, designed for the devotions of Israel, in prayer, conference, and camp-meetings...(2nd ed.) #55Page Scan
A Choice Selection of Hymns. 2nd ed. #d123
A Choice Selection of Hymns. 6th ed. #d149
A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #232Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #160TextPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d79
A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d245
A Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion #d132
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #196Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #67Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, More Particularly Designed for the Use of the West Society in Boston. (2nd ed. with Additions) #LXIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LXXIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship (2nd ed.) #LXXIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCLXXIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship #d187
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #241Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #241Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion #351Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs; suited to the various kinds of Christian worship; and especially designed for and adapted to the Fraternity of the Brethren... #346Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship. 2nd ed. #d194
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion of the church of Christ: with an appendix of German hymns #351Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion, of the church of Christ (6th ed.) #351Page Scan
A Collection of Spiritual Hymns: adapted to the Various Kinds of Christian Worship, and especially designed for the use of the Brethren in Christ. 2nd ed. #146Page Scan
A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d178
A New and Choice Selection of Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d88
A New Selection of Psalms and Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, Adapted to Public and Private Worship. 2nd ed. #d281
A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #493Page Scan
A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #HLTextPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns & Psalms: from the most approved authors: principally from Watts & Rippon: together with originals #164Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d156
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #240Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #248Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #248Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #240Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Social Religious Meetings and for Private Devotions. 7th ed. #98Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #171Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Designed as a Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 3rd ed. #d158
A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 2nd ed. #d102
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 1st ed. #LXIXPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d215
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H112Page Scan
A Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, from the Most Approved Authors ... of the Church of Christ #d179
African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #487Page Scan
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #LText
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #LText
Baptist Harmony #d141
Baptist Songs with Music #d114
Bible School Echoes, and Sacred Hymns #d100
Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #98bPage Scan
Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #297TextPage Scan
Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #359TextPage Scan
Camp Meeting Hymn Book #d82
Carmina Sacra: or, Boston Collection of Church Music: comprising the most popular psalm and hymn tunes in eternal use together with a great variety of new tunes, chants, sentences, motetts... #74cPage Scan
Chapel Hymns #d302
Children's Praise: a book of prayers and hymns for the children of the church #84Page Scan
Choral Echoes from the Church of God in All Ages: a collection of hymns and tunes adapted to all occasions of social worship #280Page Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #185Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #567Page Scan
Christian Psalmody, in Four Parts; containing Dr. Watt's Psalms Abridged; Dr. Watt's Hymns Abridged; Select Hymns from Other Authors; and Select Harmony: together with directions... (2nd. ed.) #WH.I.88Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d515
Christian's Duty, exhibited in a series of hymns: collected from various authors, designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians, recommended to the serious..(4th ed. improved) #S69Page Scan
Church Choral-Book: containing tunes and hymns for congregational singing, and adapted to choirs and social worship #24Page Scan
Church Choral-Book: containing tunes and hymns for congregational singing, and adapted to choirs and social worship #115Page Scan
Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CCCXXXIIITextPage Scan
Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d584
Church Melodies: collection of psalms and hymns, with appropriate music. For the use of congregations. #570Page Scan
Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #318Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #241Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #241Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #241Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H598Page Scan
Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #598Page Scan
Church Psalmody: or, hymns for public worship, selected from Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and the Congregational Hymn Book #610Page Scan
Cole's Pocket Edition of Psalm and Hymn Tunes, Containing Most of the Tunes Used in Different Churches #d73
Companion of Praise for the Sunday School, Family and Prayer Meeting #d118
Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d408
Conference Hymns : adapted to religious conferences, and meetings for prayer, to which is added a selection of the most favorite melodies in common use #121Page Scan
Conference Hymns, Selected and Original. 3rd ed. #d71
Congregational Hymn and Tune Book; containing the Psalms and Hymns of the General Association of Connecticut, adapted to Suitable Tunes #208Page Scan
Cottage Melodies; a hymn and tune book, for prayer and social meetings and the home circle #259Page Scan
Die neue Harmonie, oder eine Neue Sammlung von Kirken-Musik: (The New Harmony, or a New Collection of Church Music) #d64
Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #109Page Scan
Dyer's Psalmist: A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs for the use of Baptist Churches (Rev. & Corrd. ed.) #115Page Scan
Evangelical Hymns: for private, family, social, and public worship; selected from various authors (3rd ed. enl.) #158Page Scan
Evangelical Musick: or, The Sacred Minstrel and Sacred Harp United: consisting of a great variety of psalm and hymn tunes, set pieces, anthems, etc. (10th ed) #106bPage Scan
Evangelical Musick: or, The Sacred Minstrel and Sacred Harp United: consisting of a great variety of psalm and hymn tunes, set pieces, anthems, etc. (10th ed) #146bPage Scan
Familiar Hymns, Alphabetically Arranged. #d145
Family Hymns #d135
Gems for the Prayer Meeting #d35
General Baptist Hymn Book #d287
General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d183
Hymn Book for the Army and Navy #d38
Hymn Book of the Holiness Movement Church #d297
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #237Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #237Page Scan
Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #528Page Scan
Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #528Page Scan
Hymn Book of the United Evangelical Church #566Page Scan
Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #787Page Scan
Hymnal Adapted to the Doctrines and Usages of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Revised Edition #487Page Scan
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