133. The aged Christian's Prayer and Song; or, Old Age, Death, and the Resurrection

1 God of my childhood and my youth,
The guide of all my days,
I have declar'd thy heavenly truth,
And told thy wondrous ways.

2 Wilt thou forsake my hoary hairs,
And leave my fainting heart?
Who shall sustain my sinking years
If God my strength depart?

3 Let me thy power and truth proclaim
Before the rising age,
And leave a savour of thy name
When I shall quit the stage.

4 The land of silence and of death
Attends my next remove;
Oh may these poor remains of breath
Teach the wide world thy love!

Pause.

5 Thy righteousness is deep and high,
Unsearchable thy deeds;
Thy glory spreads beyond the sky,
And all my praise exceeds.

6 Oft have I heard thy threatenings roar,
And oft endur'd the grief;
But when thy hand has prest me sore,
Thy grace was my relief.

7 By long experience have I known
Thy sovereign pow'r to save,
At thy command I venture down
Securely to the grave.

8 When I lie buried deep in dust,
My flesh shall be thy care;
These wither'd limbs with thee I trust
To raise them strong and fair.

Text Information
First Line: God of my childhood, and my youth
Title: The aged Christian's Prayer and Song; or, Old Age, Death, and the Resurrection
Publication Date: 1786
Scripture: Psalm 71:17-21
Topic: Aged saint's reflection and hope; Christ: our strength and righteousness; Courage: in death (6 more...)
Language: English
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