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Solemn Thoughts of GOD and Death.

1 THere is a GOD that reigns above,
2 LORD of the Heav'ns and Earth and Seas:
3 I fear his Wrath, I ask his Love,
4 And with my Lips I sing his Praise,
5 There is a Law which he has writ,
6 To teach us all that we must do:
7 My Soul, to his Commands submit,
8 For they are holy, just and true.
9 There is a Gospel of rich Grace,
10 Whence Sinners all their Comforts draw:
11 LORD, I repent, and seek thy Face;
12 For I have often broke thy Law.
13 There is an Hour when I must die,
14 Nor do I know how soon 'twill come;
15 A thousand Children young as I,
16 Are call'd by Death to hear their Doom.
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17 Let me improve the Hours I have,
18 Before the Day of Grace is fled;
19 There's no Repentance in the Grave,
20 Nor Pardons offer'd to the Dead.
21 Just as the Tree cut down, that fell
22 To North or Southward, there it lies;
23 So Man departs to Heav'n or Hell,
24 Fix'd in the State wherein he dies.


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Title (in Source Edition): SONG X. Solemn Thoughts of GOD and Death.
Author: Isaac Watts
Genres: song

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Watts, Isaac, 1674-1748. 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. 15-16. xii,58,[2]p.; 12⁰. (ESTC T185045; OTA K123515.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Vet. A5 f.3516].)

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