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
Words: Isaac Watts, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 1707–09, Book 1, number 27. Assurance of heaven.
Music: Pisgah Scottish tune, arranged by Joseph C. Lowry in The Kentucky Harmony, by Ananias Davisson, second edition, 1817. Harmony by Austin C. Lovelace in The Book of Hymns (Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Publishing House, 1966), number 302 (🔊 pdf nwc).
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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.