Why should we start and fear to die
Why should we start and fear to die. Isaac Watts* (1674-1748).
From Watts’s Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707), where it was entitled ‘Christ’s Presence makes Death easy’:
Why should we start and fear to die?
What timorous Worms we Mortals are!
Death is the Gate of endless Joy,
And yet we dread to enter there.
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.
O, if my Lord would come and meet,
My Soul should stretch her Wings in hast,
Fly fearless thro’ Death’s Iron Gate,
Nor feel the Terrors as she past.
Jesus can make a dying Bed
Feel soft as downy Pillows are,
While on his...
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