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Why should we start, and fear to die?

CHRISTíS Presence makes Death easy.

Poet: Isaac Watts, 1707
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
Why should we start, and fear to die?
What timírous Worms we Mortals are!
Death is the Gate of endless Joy,
And yet we dread to enter there.

Prospect 30b, Stanza 1

Prospect 30b, Stanza 1
The Pains, the Groans, and dying Strife,
Fright our approaching Souls away;
Still we shrink back again to Life,
Fond of our Prison and our Clay.

Prospect 30b, Stanza 2

O! If my LORD would come and meet,
My Soul should stretch her Wings in haste,
Fly fearless throí Deathís Iron Gate,
Nor feel the Terrors as she passíd.

Prospect 30b, Stanza 3

Jesus can make a dying Bed
Feel soft as downy Pillows are,
While on his Breast I lean my Head,
And breathe my Life out sweetly there.

Prospect 30b, Stanza 4

Prospect 30b, Stanza 2

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