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The Tolling Bell

Representative Text

1 Oft as the bell, with solemn toll,
Speaks the departure of a soul,
Let each one ask himself, "Am I
Prepared, should I be called to die?"

2 Only this frail and fleeting breath
Preserves me with the jaws of death;
Soon as it fails, at once I'm gone,
And plunged into a world unknown.

3 Then, leaving all I loved below,
To God's tribunal I must go;
Must hear the Judge pronounce my fate,
And fix my everlasting state.

4 Lord Jesus! help me now to flee,
And seek my hope alone in Thee;
Apply Thy blood, Thy Spirit give,
Subdue my sin, and let me live.

5 Then, when the solemn bell I hear,
If saved from guilt, I need not fear;
Now would the thought alarming be,
Perhaps it next may toll for me.

Source: The Book of Worship #418

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Oft as the bell, with solemn toll
Title: The Tolling Bell
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Oft as the bell with solemn toll. J. Newton. [Death and Burial.] First published in his Twenty Six Letters on Religious Subjects by Omicron. 1774, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Passing Bell." It was repeated in the same year in R. Conyers's Collection of Psalms & Hymns, No. 364, and again in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book ii., No. 74. It is found in its full, or in an abridged form, in a few modern collections. In R. Bingham's Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871, stanzas i., iii., v., vi. are rendered into Latin as "Ah! quoties animam solito campana sonore." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

HAMBURG

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone. HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…

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[Oft as the bell, with solemn toll]


AUS TIEFER NOT (Luther)


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A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #d124

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #365

A General Selection of the Newest and Most Admired Hymns and Spiritual Songs Now in Use #d90

A General Selection of the Newest and Most Admired Hymns and Spiritual Songs Now in Use. 2nd ed. #d80

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A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #198

A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d258

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A New Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #90

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCCCXI

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CCCCXI

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A Selection of Hymns #202

A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Every Sunday ... Diocese of Quebec #d106

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #123

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #CXXIII

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #123

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns #104c

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Bradbury's Sabbath School Melodies, and Family Choir #26

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Carmina Sacra #312

Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d58

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Church Choral-Book #117

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Church Chorals and Choir Studies #32

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David's Harp #86

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Evangelical Hymns #407

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs (New ed.) #198

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians #d110

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #74

Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d135

Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Use of Christians #d77

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Hymns for Christian Melody #885

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Hymns for Social Worship #522

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #395

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #699

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Hymns, Selected and Original #699

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons 3rd Am. from 9th London ed. #d187

Hymns, Selected from Various Authors, for the Use of Young Persons #d176

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Hymns #699

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Hymns #699

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Hymns #699

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Hymns #699

Maynard's Selected Sabbath School Hymns. 4th ed. #d143

Parish Psalmody #d636

Parish Psalmody #d648

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Precious Gems No. l #84

Revival Hymns ... with a Supplement. 2nd ed. #d219

Select Hymns #d341

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Select Hymns #535

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Social Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #437

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The American Sunday-School Hymn-Book #301

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The Book of Worship #418

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The Child's Hymn Book #152

The Christian Hymn Book #d494

The Christian Hymn Book. 7th ed. #d498

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The Christian Hymn-Book (Corr. and Enl., 3rd. ed.) #227

The Church Hymn Book #d751

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors to which are added, a number never before published. #355

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #CCCLV

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #CCCLV

The Modern Harp #d190

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The Presbyterian Juvenile Psalmodist #88

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The Psalms and Hymns, with the Doctrinal Standards and Liturgy of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in North America #H705

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The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D. #D437

The Sabbath Chimes #d203

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The Saint's Harp #197

The Soldier's Hymn Book #d47

The Village Hymn book #d217

Village Hymns #d417

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #575

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #575

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Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original #575

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Worship in the School Room #463

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