Scripture Verse

Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs, 1707–09, Book 2, num­ber 2. The death of a sin­ner.

Music: Ma­no­ah, ar­ranged from Gio­a­chi­no A. Ros­si­ni (1792–1868) in Col­lect­ion of Church Mu­sic, by Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex, 1851 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

  • Old Mar­tyrs, Psalms (Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land: 1615) (🔊 pdf nwc)
  • The Waits’ Song, Eng­lish tra­di­tion­al (🔊 pdf nwc)
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Giaochino A. Rossini
(1792–1868)

Lyrics

My thoughts on awful subjects roll,
Damnation and the dead;
What horrors seize the guilty soul
Upon a dying bed!

Lingering about these mortal shores,
She makes a long delay,
Till, like a flood, with rapid force
Death sweeps the wretch away.

Then swift and dreadful she descends
Down to the fiery coast,
Amongst abominable fiends,
Herself a frightful ghost.

There endless crowds of sinners lie,
And darkness makes their chains;
Tortured with keen despair they cry,
Yet wait for fiercer pains.

Not all their anguish and their blood
For their old guilt atones,
Nor the compassion of a God
Shall hearken to their groans.

Amazing grace! that kept my breath
Nor bid my soul remove,
Till I had learned my Savior’s death
And well insured His love.