529. Broad Is the Road

1. Broad is the road that leads to death,
And thousands walk together there;
But wisdom shows a narrower path,
With here and there a traveler.

2. Deny thyself, and take thy cross,
Is the Redeemer’s great command;
Nature must count her gold but dross,
If she would gain this heav’nly land.

3. The fearful soul that tires and faints,
And walks the ways of God no more,
Is but esteemed almost a saint,
And makes his own destruction sure.

4. Lord, let not all my hopes be vain
Create my heart entirely new;
Which hypocrites could ne’er attain,
Which false apostates never knew.

Text Information
First Line: Broad is the road that leads to death
Title: Broad Is the Road
Author: Isaac Watts (1709)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1707-9, Book II, number 158
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: AMES, Sigismund R. von Neukomm, 1778-1858
Tune Information
Composer: Daniel Read, 1737-1836 (1785)
Meter: LM
Incipit: 13455 32113 23543
Key: d minor
Copyright: Public Domain

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