I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing…the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.@2 Timothy 4:6–8, 18
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Austin C. Lovelace (1919–2010)

Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 1707–09, Book I, number 27.

Pisgah Scottish tune, arranged by Joseph C. Lowry in The Kentucky Harmony, by Ananias Davisson, second edition, 1817; harmonized by Austin C. Lovelace in The Book of Hymns (Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Publishing House, 1966), number 302 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Death may dissolve my body now,
And bear my spirit home;
Why do my minutes move so slow,
Nor my salvation come?

With heav’nly weapons I have fought
The battles of the Lord;
Finished my course, and kept the faith,
And wait the sure reward.

God has laid up in Heav’n for me
A crown which cannot fade;
The righteous Judge at that great day
Shall place it on my head.

Nor hath the King of grace decreed
This prize for me alone;
But all that love and long to see
Th’appearance of His Son.

Jesus the Lord shall guard me safe
From every ill design;
And to His heav’nly kingdom keep
This feeble soul of mine.

God is my everlasting aid,
And hell shall rage in vain;
To Him be highest glory paid.
And endless praise—Amen.