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SONG XIII.

The Danger of Delay.

I.
1 WHY should I say, "'Tis yet too soon
2 " To seek for Heaven, or think of Death? "
3 A Flow'r may fade before 'tis Noon,
4 And I this Day may lose my Breath.
II.
5 If this rebellious Heart of mine
6 Despise the gracious Calls of Heav'n,
7 I may be harden'd in my Sin,
8 And never have Repentance giv'n.
III.
9 What if the LORD grow wrath and swear,
10 While I refuse to read and pray,
11 That he'll refuse to lend an Ear
12 To all my Grones another Day?
IV.
13 What if his dreadful Anger burn,
14 While I refuse his offer'd Grace,
15 And all his Love to Fury turn,
16 And strike me dead upon the Place?
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V.
17 'Tis dang'rous to provoke a GOD!
18 His Pow'r and Veng'ance none can tell;
19 One Stroke of his Almighty Rod
20 Shall send young Sinners quick to Hell.
VI.
21 Then 'twill for ever be in vain,
22 To cry for Pardon and for Grace:
23 To wish I had my Time again,
24 Or hope to see my Maker's Face.

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Title (in Source Edition): SONG XIII. The Danger of Delay.
Author: Isaac Watts
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Divine songs: attempted in easy language for the use of children. By I. Watts, D.D. London: Printed for J. Buckland; J. F. and C. Rivington; T. Longman; W. Fenner; T. Field; and E. and C. Dilly, 1777, pp. 19-20. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000)

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