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Windham 38b

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Daniel Read, 1785
Poet: Isaac Watts, 1707
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 a narrow 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 ways 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