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Psalm 102 part 3

v.23-28
L. M.
Man’s mortality, and Christ’s eternity.

It is the Lord our Savior’s hand
Weakens our strength amidst the race;
Disease and death at his command
Arrest us, and cut short our days.

Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray,
Nor let our sun go down at noon;
Thy years are one eternal day,
And must thy children die so soon?

Yet in the midst of death and grief
This thought our sorrow should assuage:
Our Father and our Savior live;
Christ is the same through every age.

‘Twas he this earth’s foundation laid;
Heav’n is the building of his hand;
This earth grows old, these heav’ns shall fade
And all be changed at his command.

The starry curtains of the sky,
Like garments, shall be laid aside;
But still thy throne stands firm on high,
Thy church for ever must abide.

Before thy face thy church shall live,
And on thy throne thy children reign;
This dying world shall they survive,
And the dead saints be raised again.


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Poem Psalm 102 part 3 - Isaac Watts