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Once more, my soul, the rising day

A mourning song.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1707
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
Once more, my soul, the rising day
Salutes thy waking eyes;
Once more, my voice, thy tribute pay
To him that rolls the skies,



Consolation 50t, Stanza 1
2
Night unto night his name repeats,
The day renews the sound,
Wide as the heav’n on which he sits
To turn the seasons round.



Consolation 50t, Stanza 2
3
’Tis he supports my mortal frame;
My tongue shall speak his praise;
My sins would rouse his wrath to flame,
And yet his wrath delays.



4
On a poor worm thy pow’r might tread,
And I could ne’er withstand;
Thy justice might have crush’d me dead,
But mercy held thine hand.



5
A thousand wretched souls are fled
Since the last setting sun,
And yet thou length’nest out my thread,
And yet my moments run.



6
Dear God, let all my hours be thine,
While I enjoy the light;
Then shall my sun in smiles decline,
And bring a pleasant night.



Consolation 50t, Stanza 3

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