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613. While with ceaseless course the sun

1 While with ceaseless course the sun
Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here:
Fixed in an eternal state,
They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,
But how little none can know.

2 As the winged arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find,
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind,
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life's rapid stream;
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream.

3 Thanks for mercies past receive;
Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us henceforth how to live
With eternity in view;
Bless thy Word to young and old;
Fill us with a Saviour's love;
And when life's short tale is told,
May we dwell with thee above.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: While with ceaseless course the sun
Author: John Newton (1774)
Publication Date: 1961
Meter: 7. 7. 7. 7. D.
Scripture: Psalm 90:12
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: BENEVENTO
Composer: Samuel Webbe
Meter: 7. 7. 7. 7. D.
Key: E♭ Major



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