In vain the wealthy mortals toil

In vain the wealthy mortals toil

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 11 hymnals

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In vain the wealthy mortals toil,
And heap their shining dust in vain,
Look down and scorn the humble poor,
And boast their lofty hills of gain.

Their golden cordials cannot ease
Their pained hearts or aching heads,
Nor fright nor bribe approaching death
From glitt'ring roofs and downy beds.

The ling'ring, the unwilling soul
The dismal summons must obey,
And bid a long, a sad farewell
To the pale lump of lifeless clay.

Thence they are huddled to the grave,
Where kings and slaves have equal thrones;
Their bones without distinction lie
Amongst the heap of meaner bones.



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #667

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: In vain the wealthy mortals toil
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A New Version of the Psalms of David: fitted to the Tunes used in Churches #HXXXVIITextPage Scan
A Selection of Hymns ... Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 1st ed #d101
A Selection of Hymns from Various Authors, Designed as a Supplement to the Methodist Pocket Hymn Book. 3rd ed. #d102
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scriptural Collection #XXXVIIText
Appendix, Containing a Number of Hymns, Taken Chiefly from Dr. Watts's Scripture Collection #XXXVIIText
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #I.XXIVPage Scan
Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #I.24Text
The Columbian Repository: or, Sacred Harmony: selected from European and American authors with many new tunes not before published #387Page Scan
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #667TextPage Scan
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #I.XXIVTextPage Scan
The Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs of the Rev. Isaac Watts, D. D.: to which are added select hymns, from other authors; and directions for musical expression (New ed.) #A24Page Scan



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