The Road to Life and Death (Windham) 38b
Tune: Daniel Read, 1785
Lyrics: Isaac Watts, 1709
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Broad is the road that leads to death,
And thousands walk together there;
But wisdom shows narrow a path,
With here and there a traveler.
“Deny thyself, and take thy cross.”
Is the Redeemer’s great command;
Nature must count her gold but dross,
If she would gain this heav’nly land.
The fearful soul that tires and faints,
And walks the way of God no more,
Is but esteemed almost a saint,
And makes his own destruction sure.
Lord, let not all my hopes be vain;
Create my heart entirely new,
Which hypocrites could ne’er attain,
Which false apostates never knew.
The Gospel Feast on page 585 is a major companion to this tune.