Why Should I Say

Why should I say, 'Tis yet too soon

Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Published in 30 hymnals

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Why should I say, “‘Tis yet too soon
“To seek for heaven or think of death?”
A flower may fade before ‘tis noon,
And I this day may lose my breath.

If this rebellious heart of mine
Despise the gracious calls of Heaven,
I may be harden’d in my sin,
And never have repentance given.

What if the Lord grow wroth, and swear,
While I refuse to read and pray,
That he’ll refuse to lend an ear
To all my groans another day!

What if his dreadful anger burn,
While I refuse his offer’d grace,
And all his love to anger turn,
And strike me dead upon the place!

’Tis dangerous to provoke a God!
His power and vengeance none can tell:
One stroke of his almighty rod
Shall send young sinners quick to hell.

Then ‘twill for ever be in vain
To cry for pardon or for grace;
To wish I had my time again,
Or hope to see my Maker’s face.

Source: Divine and Moral Songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children with some additional composures #HXIII

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: Why should I say, 'Tis yet too soon
Title: Why Should I Say
Author: Isaac Watts (1715)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Church of England Sunday Schools, Bible Classes ... New ed. #d316

Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #d280

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Divine and Moral Songs #HXIII

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Divine Songs for Children #XIII

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Divine Songs #13

Family Hymns #d289

Hymns for Children and Young Persons. First Am. from the London ed. #d157

Hymns for Schools and Families #d572

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Hymns for Schools and Families, Specailly Designed for the Children of the Church #345

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Hymns for Social Worship #470

Hymns for Sunday Schools, Selected from Various Authoors #d254

Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d527

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New Union Hymns #520

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d320

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Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #68

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Selection of Hymns for the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church #95

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Songs, Divine and Moral #80

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Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #154

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The Advent Harp; designed for believers in the speedy coming of Christ #154a

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #237

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d499

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The Child's Hymn Book #154

The Sacred Lute #d404

The Sunday School Child's Hymn Book. Rev. #d50

Union Hymns. Rev. #d496

Union Hymns. Rev. #d512

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Watt's Divine Songs For the use of Children #13

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