When rising from the bed of death

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1 When, rising from the bed of death,
O’erwhelmed with guilt and fear,
I see my Maker face to face,
Oh, how shall I appear!

2 But there's forgiveness, Lord, with Thee;
Thy nature is benign:
Thy pardoning mercy I implore,
For mercy, Lord, is Thine.

3 Oh, let Thy boundless mercy shine
On my benighted soul!
Correct my passions, mend my heart,
And all my fears control.

4 And may I taste Thy richer grace,
In that decisive hour,
When Christ to judgment shall descend
And time shall be no more.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #390

Author: Joseph Addison

Addison, Joseph, born at Milston, near Amesbury, Wiltshire, May 1, 1672, was the son of the Rev. Lancelot Addison, sometime Dean of Lichfield, and author of Devotional Poems, &c, 1699. Addison was educated at the Charterhouse, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating B.A. 1691 and M.A. 1693. Although intended for the Church, he gave himself to the study of law and politics, and soon attained, through powerful influence, to some important posts. He was successively a Commissioner of Appeals, an Under Secretary of State, Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and Chief Secretary for Ireland. He married, in 1716, the Dowager Countess of Warwick, and died at Holland House, Kensington, June 17, 1719. Addison is most widely known through… Go to person page >

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First Line: When rising from the bed of death
Author: Joseph Addison
Copyright: Public Domain



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