11916. My Former Hopes Are Dead

1 My former hopes are dead,
My terror now begins;
I feel, alas! that I am dead
In trespasses and sins.

2 Ah whither shall I fly?
I hear the thunder roar;
The law proclaims destruction nigh,
And vengeance at the door.

3 When I review my ways,
I dread impending doom;
But sure a friendly whisper says,
"Flee from the wrath to come."

4 I see, or think I see,
A glimmering from afar;
A beam of day that shines for me,
To save me from despair.

5 Forerunner of the sun,
It marks the pilgrim’s way;
I’ll gaze upon it while I run,
And watch the rising day.

Text Information
First Line: My former hopes are dead
Title: My Former Hopes Are Dead
Author: William Cowper
Meter: SM
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 3
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: SHAWMUT
Arranger: Lowell Mason (1844)
Meter: SM
Key: D Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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