Our days, alas! our mortal days

Our days, alas! our mortal days

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 44 hymnals

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1 Our days, alas! our mortal days
Are short and wretched too;
"Evil and few," the patriarch says,
And well the patriarch knew.

2 'Tis but at best a narrow bound
That heaven allows to men,
And pains and sins run through the round
Of threescore years and ten.

3 Well, if ye must be sad and few,
Run on, my days, in haste;
Moments of sin, and months of wo,
Ye cannot fly too fast.

4 Let heavenly love prepare my soul,
And call her to the skies,
Where years of long salvation roll,
And glory never dies.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #223

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: Our days, alas! our mortal days
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books: I. collected fromt he scriptures, II. composed on divine subjects, III. prepared for the Lord's Supper #II.XXXIXPage Scan
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Hymns and Spiritual Songs. 1st Canadian ed. #d239
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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d616
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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #223Page Scan
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Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. #d662
Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d750
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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #II.39Text
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The Advent Christian Hymnal #d667
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The Church Hymn Book #d766
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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #638Page Scan
The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #II.XXXIXTextPage 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.) #B39Page Scan
Zion's Hymns, for the Use of the Original Free-Will Baptist Church of North Carolina #d214



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