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Salem 68t

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Stephen Bovell, 1817
Poet: Isaac Watts, 1709; Alt. by Martin Madan, 1760
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
He dies, the friend of sinners dies!
Lo Salem’s daughters weep around;
A solemn darkness veils the skies,
A sudden trembling shakes the ground.


HE dies; the FRIEND of Sinners dies!, Stanza 1a
2
Say, “Live forever, glorious King,
Born to redeem and strong to save!”
Then ask, “Oh Death, where is thy sting,
And where is thy vict’ry, boasting Grave?”


HE dies; the FRIEND of Sinners dies!, Stanza 3b