And am I born to die?Author: Charles Wesley
Published in 180 hymnals
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1 And am I born to die?
To lay this body down?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?
2 Soon as from earth I go,
What will become of me?
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be!
3 Waked by the trumpet's sound,
I from my grave shall rise,
And see the Judge, with glory crown'd,
And see the flaming skies.
4 How shall I leave my tomb?
With triumph or regret?
A fearful or a joyful doom,
A curse or blessing meet?
5 O Thou that wouldst not have
One wretched sinner die,
Who diedst thyself, my soul to save
From endless misery.
6 Show me the way to shun
Thy dreadful wrath severe,
That when Thou comest on Thy throne,
I may with joy appear.
Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #294
And am I only born to die? C. Wesley. [Death and Eternity.] This hymn, similar in character to the above, appeared in the same work— Hymns for Children, 1763, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines. In 1780 it was included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book. and from thence it has passed into all the collections of the Methodist bodies, and several others, in Great Britain and America. Stevenson gives some interesting details of circumstances attending the singing of this hymn, in his Methodist Hymn Book Notes, 1883, p. 54. Original text in Poetical Works of J. & C. Wesley, 1868-72, vol. vi. p. 432.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|The Christian Harmony: in the seven-syllable character note system of music;... 2010 Revised Edition #55B||Idumea||And am I born to die?||IDUMEA||2010|
|The Cyber Hymnal #8039||And Am I Born To Die?||And am I born to die?||ABER||Charles Wesley||SM||<cite>Hymns for Children</cite>, 1763|
|The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #47b||Idumea||And am I born to die?||IDUMEA||1991|
|The Shenandoah Harmony: A collection of shape-note tunes, ancient and modern, for singing groups large or small #22B||Psalm 30||And am I born to die?||PSALM 30||2012|