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