603. While others pray for the grace to die

1 While others pray for grace to die,
O Lord, I pray for grace to live;
For every hour a fresh supply;
Oh, see my need, and freely give.

2 I do not dread the hour of death,
If I am thine, no fears remain;
I know that with my parting breath
I yield forever mortal pain.

3 E'en if the darkness should appear
Too deep for faith as well as sight,
If I am thine thou wilt be near,
And take me to thy heavenly light.

4 But, oh! my Lord, in life's highway
I crave the sunshine of thy face:
And every moment of the day
I need thy strong supporting grace.

5 I dare not--will not--Lord, deny
That heart and feet both go astray;
Therefore the more to thee I cry
To keep me in the chosen way.

6 The more my sin and unbelief
Keep me from walking near to thee,
The more, Lord Jesus, is my grief--
The more I long thy face to see.

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First Line: While others pray for the grace to die
Author: Anon.
Publication Date: 1873
Meter: L. M.
Topic: The Christian Life: Consecration and Activity; Grace to Live
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