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Death! ítis a melancholy Day

Death dreadful, or delightful.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1709
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
Death! ítis a melancholy Day
To those that have no GOD,
When the poor Soul is forcíd away
To seek her last Abode.

Tribulation 29b, Stanza 1

In vain to Heavín she lifts her Eyes;
But Guilt, a heavy Chain,
Still drags her downward from the Skies,
To Darkness, Fire, and Pain.

Tribulation 29b, Stanza 2

Awake and mourn, ye Heirs of Hell;
Let stubborn Sinners fear:
You must be driven from Earth, and dwell
A long FOR EVER there.

See how the Pit gapes wide for you,
And flashes in your Face;
And thou, my Soul, look downward too,
And sing recovíring Grace.

He is a GOD of sovíreign Love,
That promisíd Heavín to me;
And taught my Thoughts to soar above,
Where happy Spirits be.

Prepare me, LORD, for thy right Hand;
Then come the joyful Day;
Come Death, and some celestial Band
To bear my Soul away.

Watts, Isaac. Hymns and Spiritual Songs: In Three Books. 1773 ed. London: S. Strahan et. al., 1773.