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GOD of my life, look gently down,

Sick-bed devotion: or, Pleading without repining.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1719
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
GOD of my life, look gently down,
Behold the pains I feel;
But I am dumb before thy throne,
Nor dare dispute thy will.

Poland 86, Stanza 1

Diseases are thy servants, Lord,
They come at thy command:
I'll not attempt a murm'ring word,
Against thy chast'ning hand.

Yet may I plead with humble cries,
Remove thy sharp rebukes:
My strength consumes, my spirit dies,
Thro' thy repeated strokes.

Crush'd as a moth beneath thy hand,
We moulder to the dust;
Our feeble pow'rs can ne'er withstand,
And all our beauty's lost.

[This mortal life decays apace,
How soon the bubble's broke!
Adam, and all his num'rous race
Are vanity and smoke.]

I'm but a sojourner below,
As all my fathers were;
May I be well prepar'd to go,
When I the summons hear.

Poland 86, Stanza 2

But if my life be spar'd a while
Before my last remove,
Thy praise shall be my bus'ness still,
And I'll declare thy love.

Poland 86, Stanza 3

Watts, Isaac. The Psalms of David: Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian State and Worship. 22nd ed. London: T. Longman et. al., 1769.