Time, what an empty vapor 'tis!

Time, what an empty vapor 'tis!

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 58 hymnals

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Time, what an empty vapor 'tis!
And days, how swift they are!
Swift as an Indian arrow flies,
Or like a shooting star.

[The present moments just appear,
Then slide away in haste,
That we can never say, "They're here,"
But only say, "They're past."]

[Our life is ever on the wing,
And death is ever nigh;
The moment when our lives begin
We all begin to die.]

Yet, mighty God! our fleeting days
Thy lasting favors share,
Yet with the bounties of thy grace
Thou load'st the rolling year.

'Tis sovereign mercy finds us food,
And we are clothed with love;
While grace stands pointing out the road
That leads our souls above.

His goodness runs an endless round;
All glory to the Lord!
His mercy never knows a bound,
And be his name adored!

Thus we begin the lasting song;
And when we close our eyes,
Let the next age thy praise prolong,
Till time and nature dies.



Source: Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.58

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: Time, what an empty vapor 'tis!
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 #d786

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A Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of the Baptist Church and all lovers of song #288

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A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #598

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #XXXV

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #353

A New and Choice Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of the Regular Baptist Church. 10th ed. #d487

A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors: adapted to Public Worship and Social Prayer Meetings #d390

Chapel Hymns #d584

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d948

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d1067

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David (4th ed.) #XLI

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Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #512

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Hymns and Offices of Worship: for use in schools: with an appendix of tunes #219

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #897

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #897

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Hymns for Christian Melody #849

Hymns for the Hospital Chapel, Worcester #d219

Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends Professing the Faith of Universal Salvation #d417

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Hymns for the Use of the Society of United Christian Friends: with their constitution annexed #CXXVII

Hymns Selected #d213

Hymns Selected from Dr. Watts, Dr. Doddridge and Various Other Writers #d212

Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs, including Some Never Before in Print #d317

Parish Psalmody #d842

Parish Psalmody #d856

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.58

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #H646

The Christian Harmony: in the Seven-Syllable Character Note System. Rev. ed. #d361

The Church Hymn Book #d1039

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #1000

The Good Old Songs #d573

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The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #1057

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #639

The Psalms of David ... New ed. #d229

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The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #II.LVIII

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