Scripture Verse

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


Austin C. Lovelace

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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Isaac Watts


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.