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Mortality 50t

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Daniel Read, 1785
Poet: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
Death, like an overflowing stream,
Sweeps us away; our life’s a dream,
An empty tale, a morning flow’r,
Cut down and withered in an hour.


Thro’ ev’ry age, eternal God,, Stanza 5
2
Our age to sev’nty years is set;
How short the time! How frail the state!
And if to eighty we arrive,
We’d rather sigh and groan than live.


Thro’ ev’ry age, eternal God,, Stanza 6
3
Teach us, Oh Lord, how frail is man;
And kindly lengthen out the span,
Till a wise care of piety
Fit us to die and dwell with Thee.


Thro’ ev’ry age, eternal God,, Stanza 8