Why should we start, and fear to dieAuthor: Isaac Watts
Tune: ZEPHYR (Bradbury)
Published in 388 hymnals
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1 Why should we start, and fear to die?
What timorous worms we mortals are!
Death is the gate of endless joy,
And yet we dread to enter there.
2 The pains, the groans, and dying strife
Fright our approaching souls away;
Still, we shrink back again to life,
Fond of our prison and our clay.
3 Oh, if my Lord would come and meet,
My soul should stretch her wings in haste,
Fly fearless through death's iron gate,
Nor feel the terrors as she passed.
4 Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downy pillows are,
While on his breast I lean my head,
And breathe my life out sweetly there.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #897
|Instances (1 - 3 of 3)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Cyber Hymnal #7670||Why should we start and fear to die?||Why Should We Start, and Fear to Die?||ZEPHYR||Isaac Watts||LM||<cite>Hymns and Spiritual Songs</cite>, 1707-9|
|The New Harp of Columbia, Restored Edition #15||Why should we start and fear to die?||PROSPECT||PROSPECT||L. M.||2001|
|The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #30b||Why should we start and fear to die||PROSPECT||PROSPECT||Isaac Watts||L.M.||1991|