Death and Eternity

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1 My thoughts that often mount the skies,
Go search the world beneath,
Where nature all in ruin lies,
And owns her sovereign death.

2 The tyrant how he triumphs here,
His trophies spread around!
And heaps of dust and bones appear
Through all the hollow ground.

3 Those skulls, what ghastly figures now!
How loathsome to the eyes!
Those are the heads we lately knew
So beauteous and so wise.

4 But where the souls those deathless things,
That left their dying clay?
My thoughts now stretch out all your wings,
And trace eternity!

5 O that unfathomable sea!
Those deeps without a shore!
Where living waters gently play,
Or fiery billows roar.

6 There we shall swim in heavenly bliss,
Or sink in flaming waves,
While the pale carcase breathless lies
Among the silent graves.

7 "Prepare us Lord, for thy right hand,
Then come the joyful day,
Come death, and some celestial band,
To bear our souls away."

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians 1800

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: My thoughts, that often mount the skies
Title: Death and Eternity
Author: Isaac Watts
Language: English



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A Collection of Hymns and Psalms for the Use of Singing School and Musical Societies #d104
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A Collection of Hymns, More Particularly Designed for the Use of the West Society in Boston. (2nd ed. with Additions) #LXXVIIPage Scan
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #513Page Scan
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A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d217
A New Selection of Hymns; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations, as a supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #214(213)Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns & Psalms: from the most approved authors: principally from Watts & Rippon: together with originals #390Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: designed (especially the former part) for the use of congregations as an appendix to Dr. Watt's Psalms and Hymn #H.CCCCVPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs: in two parts, part I. containing the hymns; part II. containing the songs...(3rd ed. corr. and enl. by author) #H.CCCCVPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors.: including a great number of originals: intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. (Woodward's rev. and corr. ed.; Sterotype ed.) #550aPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns, adapted to the devotions of the closet, the family, and the social circle; and containing subjects appropriate to the monthly concerns of prayer for the success... #432Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d255
A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #P70Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele, and others (2nd ed.) #513Page Scan
A Selection of Sacred Poetry: consisting of psalms and hymns, from Watts, Doddridge, Merrick, Scott, Cowper, Barbauld, Steele ...compiled for the use of the Unitarian Church in Philadelphia #513Page Scan
Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians: being a collection #LIVTextPage Scan
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Harmonia Sacra, being a Compilation of Church Music. 10th ed #d220
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Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, intended to be an Appendix to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #DLPage Scan
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The Baptist Hymn Book, in Two Parts #d385
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The Lexington Collection: being a selection of hymns, and spiritual songs, from the best authors (3rd. ed., corr.) #114Page Scan
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