281. And am I born to die?

And am I born to die?
To lay this body down?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown,

A land of deepest shade,
Unpierced by human thought,
The dreary regions of the dead,
Where all things are forgot?

Soon as from earth I go,
What will become of me?
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be:

Waked by the trumpet's sound,
I from my grave shall rise,
And see the Judge, with glory crowned,
And see the flaming skies!

How shall I leave my tomb?
With triumph or regret?
A fearful or a joyful doom,
A curse or blessing meet?

Will angel bands convey
Their brother to the bar?
Or devils drag my soul away,
To meet its sentence there?

Who can resolve the doubt
That tears my anxious breast?
Shall I be with the damned cast out,
Or numbered with the blest?

I must from God be driven,
Or with my Savior dwell;
Must come at his command to heaven,
Or else—depart to hell!

Text Information
First Line: And am I born to die?
Title: And am I born to die?
Publication Date: 1854
Meter: S.M.
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: John Chetham
Meter: S.M.

MIDI file: Aylesbury.midi
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