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 Selection of Hymns. 2nd ed. #d123

A Choice Selection of Hymns. 6th ed. #d149

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #232

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #160

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

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #67

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LXXII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship (2nd ed.) #LXXII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCLXXI

A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship #d187

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #241

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

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

A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d156

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #240

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #248

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #248

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #240

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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #171

A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 2nd ed. #d102

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A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 1st ed. #LXIX

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d215

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #H112

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African Methodist Episcopal hymn and tune book: adapted to the doctrine and usages of the church. #487

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

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

Baptist Harmony #d141

Baptist Songs with Music #d114

Bible School Echoes, and Sacred Hymns #d100

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Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #297

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Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #359

Camp Meeting Hymn Book #d82

Chapel Hymns #d302

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Children's Praise: a book of prayers and hymns for the children of the church #84

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d515

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d584

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Church Pastorals, hymns and tunes for public and social worship #318

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Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #241

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Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns adapted to public worship #H598

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Church Psalmody: a Collection of Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Public Worship #598

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, Selected and Original. 3rd ed. #d71

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Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #109

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

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church #237

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (11th ed.) #237

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #528

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #528

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Hymn Book of the United Evangelical Church #566

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #787

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