Evils of Intemperance

Mourn for the thousands slain

Author: Seth C. Brace
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1 Mourn for the thousands slain,
The youthful and the strong;
Mourn for the wine-cup's fearful reign,
And the deluded throng.

2 Mourn for the tarnished gem--
For reason's light divine
Quenched from the soul's bright diadem,
Where God had bid it shine.

3 Mourn for the ruined soul--
Eternal life and light
Lost by the fiery, maddening bowl,
And turned to helpless night.

4 Mourn for the lost--but call,
Call to the strong, the free;
Rouse them to shun that dreadful fall,
And to the refuge flee.

5 Mourn for the lost--but pray,
Pray to our God above,
To break the fell destroyer's sway,
And show his saving love.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #1036

Author: Seth C. Brace

Brace, Seth Collins, son of the Rev. Joab Brace, was born at Newington, Connecticut, Aug. 3, 1811, and entered the Presbyterian ministry in 1842, but subsequently joined the Congregationalists. His Temperance hymn, “Mourn for the thousands slain," is widely used. It was written in 1843, and included in the Philadelphia Parish Hymn, 1843, with others which he wrote on the same subject, under the signature of "C." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Mourn for the thousands slain
Title: Evils of Intemperance
Author: Seth C. Brace



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