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The Road to Life and Death (Windham) 38b

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: Daniel Read, 1785
Poet: Isaac Watts, 1709
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
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.


Broad is the Road that leads to Death,, Stanza 1
2
“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.


Broad is the Road that leads to Death,, Stanza 2
3
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.


Broad is the Road that leads to Death,, Stanza 3
4
Lord, let not all my hopes be vain;
Create my heart entirely new,
Which hypocrites could ne’er attain,
Which false apostates never knew.


Broad is the Road that leads to Death,, Stanza 4