Death! 'Tis a melancholy dayAuthor: Isaac Watts
Published in 89 hymnals
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Death, 'tis a melancholy day,
To those who have no God,
When the poor soul is forced away,
To seek her last abode.
In vain to heaven she lifts her eyes,
For guilt, a heavy chain,
Still drags her downward from the skies,
To darkness, fire, and pain.
Awake and mourn, ye heirs of hell,
Let stubborn sinners fear;
You must be driven from earth, and dwell
A long for ever there.
See how the pit gapes wide for you,
And flashes in your face;
And thou, my soul, look downward too,
And sing recovering grace.
He is a God of sovereign love,
That promised heaven to me,
And taught my thoughts to soar above,
Where happy spirits be.
Prepare me, Lord, for thy right hand,
Then come the joyful day;
Come, death, and some celestial band,
To bear my soul away.
Death! 'tis a melancholy day. I. Watts. [Death of the Wicked.] Appeared in the 1st edition of his Hymns and Sacred Songs, 1707 (2nd edition 1709, Bk. ii. No. 52), in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It is usually abbreviated as in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872. In the Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns for the Worship of God, Richmond, U.S.A., 1867, No. 631: "He is a God of sovereign love," is from this hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|The Cyber Hymnal #9814||Death! ’tis a melancholy day||Death! 'Tis A Melancholy Day||NAOMI||Isaac Watts||CM||<cite>Hymns and Spiritual Songs</cite>, 1707-09, Book II|
|The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #29b||Death, 'tis a melancholy day||TRIBULATION||TRIBULATION||Isaac Watts||C.M.||1991|