This Life's a dream, an empty show

This life's a dream, an empty show

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 39 hymnals

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1 This life's a dream, an empty show;
But the bright world to which I go
Hath joys substantial and sincere;
When shall I wake and find me there?

2 O glorious hour! O blest abode!
I shall be near and like my God,
And flesh and sense no more control
The sacred pleasures of the soul.

3 My flesh shall slumber in the ground
Till the last trumpet's joyful sound;
Then burst the chains with sweet surprise,
And in my Saviour's image rise.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

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: This life's a dream, an empty show
Title: This Life's a dream, an empty show
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

Notes

This life's a dream, an empty show. Part of “Lord, I am Thine, but Thou wilt prove," p. 689, i.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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A New and Beautiful Collection of Select Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d312
American Psalmody: a collection of sacred music, comprising a great variety of psalm, and hymn tunes, set-pieces, anthems and chants, arranged with a figured bass for the organ...(3rd ed.) #150aPage Scan
Christian Hymns: adapted to the worship of God our Saviour in public and private devotion, compiled from the most approved ancient and modern authors, for the Central Universalist Society... #359Page Scan
Die neue Harmonie, oder eine Neue Sammlung von Kirken-Musik: (The New Harmony, or a New Collection of Church Music) #d110
Dupuy's Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Rev. corr. and enl.) #124Page Scan
Hymnal and Canticles of the Protestant Episcopal Church with Music (Gilbert & Goodrich) #96Page Scan
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America #96Text
Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America : Revised edition (1874) #96Page Scan
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d437
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #821Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #821Page Scan
Original and Selected Reformation Hymns ... dedicated to the Twelve Tribes of the Lord's Modern Israel #d97
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: selected and designed for the use of the church universal, in public and private devotion; with an appendix, containing the original hymns omitted in the last ed. #359Page Scan
Sacred Melodies #d119
Selah: a collection of psalm and hymn tunes, introits, anthems, chants, motetts, choruses, etc. adapted to the use of classes, private circles, and worship assemblies #276Page Scan
Select Melodies, comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use #d240
Select Melodies, Comprising the Best of Those Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use not Found in the Standard Methodist Episcopal Hymnal #d242
Select Melodies; Comprising the Best Hymns and Spiritual Songs in Common Use, and not generally found in standard church hymn-books: as also a number of original pieces, and translations from...German #222Page Scan
Social and Camp-meeting Songs, for the Pious (9th ed. enl.) #28Page Scan
Social and Campmeeting Songs For the Pious (4th ed.) #28Page Scan
Templi Carmina #d250
The American Vocalist: a selection of tunes, anthems, sentences, and hymns, old and new: designed for the church, the vestry, or the parlor; adapted to every variety of metre in common use. (Rev. ed.) #28Page Scan
The Christian Minstrel: a New System of Musical Notation with a Collection of Psalm Tunes, Anthems, and Chants. 3rd ed. #d287
The Christian's Harp: containing a choice selection of psalm and hymn tunes, suited to the various metres now in use among the different religious denominations..(Corrected, enlarged and much improved #A50Page Scan
The Church Hymnal with Canticles #96Page Scan
The Hymnal: with tunes old and new #96Page Scan
The Methodist Harmonist, containing a collection of tunes from the best authors, embracing every variety of metre, and adapted to the worship of the Methodist Episcopal Church. New ed. #348Page Scan
The Middlesex Collection of Church Music: or, ancient psalmody revived: containing a variety of psalm tunes, the most suitable to be used in divine service (2nd ed. rev. cor. and enl.) #111Page Scan
The Primitive Baptist Hymnal: a choice collection of hymns and tunes of early and late composition #49Page Scan
The Sacred Melodeon #d100
The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #295TextAudioPage Scan
The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion. New ed. #295
The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion. New edition, thoroughly revised and much enlarged #295Page Scan
The Union Harp and Revival Chorister. Rev ed. #d391
The Voice of melody: a choice collection of hymn tunes for choirs, prayer-meetings, congregations, and family use #18bPage Scan
The Wesleyan Sacred Harp: a collection of choice tunes and hymns for prayer class and camp meetings, choirs and congregational singing #42Page Scan
The Wesleyan Sacred Harp: a collection of choice tunes and hymns for prayer class, and camp meetings, choirs, and congregational singing #42Page Scan
The Young Chorister; a collection of new and beautiful tunes, adapted to the use of Sabbath schools, from some of the most distinguished composers; together with many of the author's own compositions #108Page Scan
Zion's Harp ... Sacred Songs Not Found in the Methodist Hymn Book and Many Never Before Published with Several Original Pieces #d321



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