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Life is the Time to serve the LORD,

Life the Day of Grace and Hope,
Eccles. Ix. 4, 5, 6, 10.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1707
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
Life is the Time to serve the LORD,
The Time tí insure the reat Reward;
And while the Lamp holds out to burn,
The vilest Sinner may return.


Wells 28b, Stanza 1
Life Is the Time to Serve the Lord (Wells) 28b, Stanza 1
2
[Life is the Hour that God hath givín;
To Ďscape from Hell and fly to Heavín;
The Day of Grace, and Mortals may
Secure the Blessings of the Day.]


Wells 28b, Stanza 2
Life Is the Time to Serve the Lord (Wells) 28b, Stanza 2
3
The Living know that they must die;
But all the Dead forgotten lie;
Their Memíry and their Sense is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.


Wells 28b, Stanza 3
Life Is the Time to Serve the Lord (Wells) 28b, Stanza 3
4
[Their Hatred and their Love is lost,
Their Envy buryíd in the Dust;
They have no Share in all thatís done
Beneath the Circuit of the Sun.]


Wells 28b, Stanza 4
Life Is the Time to Serve the Lord (Wells) 28b, Stanza 4
5
Then what my Thoughts design to do,
My Hands, with all your Might pursue;
Since no Device nor Work is found,
Nor Faith, nor Hope, beneath the Ground.


Wells 28b, Stanza 5
Life Is the Time to Serve the Lord (Wells) 28b, Stanza 5
6
There are no Acts of Pardon past
In the cold Grave to which we haste;
But Darkness, Death and long Despair,
Reign in eternal Silence there.


Wells 28b, Stanza 6
Life Is the Time to Serve the Lord (Wells) 28b, Stanza 6

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