Our days, alas! our mortal days

Our days, alas! our mortal days

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 44 hymnals

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1 Our days, alas! our mortal days
Are short and wretched too;
"Evil and few," the patriarch says,
And well the patriarch knew.

2 'Tis but at best a narrow bound
That heaven allows to men,
And pains and sins run through the round
Of threescore years and ten.

3 Well, if ye must be sad and few,
Run on, my days, in haste;
Moments of sin, and months of wo,
Ye cannot fly too fast.

4 Let heavenly love prepare my soul,
And call her to the skies,
Where years of long salvation roll,
And glory never dies.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #223

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: Our days, alas! our mortal days
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Baptist Hymn Book, Designed Especially for the Regular Baptist Church and All Lovers of Truth #d604

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #594

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d358

Bible School Echoes, and Sacred Hymns #d144

General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d252

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #513

Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d297

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed.) #58

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (8th ed.) #58

Hymns and Spiritual Songs. 1st Canadian ed. #d239

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #351

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #223

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Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #223

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #223

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #223

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d651

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d750

Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d644

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.39

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d667

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The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #1168

The Church Hymn Book #d766

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The Harp #954

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #638

Zion's Hymns, for the Use of the Original Free-Will Baptist Church of North Carolina #d214

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