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Sessions 38t

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: Luther O. Emerson, 1847
Poet: John Rippon, 1787
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
Sinner, O why so thoughtless grown?
Why in such dreadful haste to die?
Daring to leap to worlds unknown,
Heedless against thy God to fly.


Sinner, O why so thoughtless grown, Stanza 1
2
Wilt thou despise eternal fate,
Urged on by sinís delusive dreams?
Madly attempt thí infernal gate,
And force thy passage thru the flames.


Sinner, O why so thoughtless grown, Stanza 2
3
Stay, sinner, on the gospel plains,
And hear the Lord of life unfold;
The glory of His dying pains,
Forever telling yet untold.


Sinner, O why so thoughtless grown, Stanza 3