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Death's a Warning

Vain man thy fond pursuits forbear

Author: J. Hart
Published in 213 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Vain man thy fond pursuits forbear;
Repent, thine end is nigh;
Death at the farthest, can't be far;
O think before thou die.

We are passing away,
We are passing away,
We are passing away,
To the great judgment day.

2 Reflect, thou hast a soul to save;
Thy sins, how high they mount!
What are thy hopes beyond thy grave?
How stands that dark account? [Refrain]

3 Death enters, and there's no defense,
His time there's none can tell;
He'll in a moment call thee hence,
To heaven or down to hell. [Refrain]

4 Thy flesh (perhaps thy greatest care)
Shall into dust consume;
But, ah! Destruction ends not there,
Sin kills beyond the tomb. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns of the Kingdom: for use in religious meetings #132

Author: J. Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Vain man thy fond pursuits forbear
Title: Death's a Warning
Author: J. Hart
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

The Cyber Hymnal #12925

The Sacred Harp #321

Include 211 pre-1979 instances
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