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When on my day of life the night is falling

Author: J. G. Whittier, 1807-1892 Hymnal: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #468a (1917) Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 When on my day of life the night is falling, And in the winds from unsunned spaces blown I hear far voices out of darkness calling My feet to paths unknown-- 2 Thou, who hast made my home of life so pleasant, Leave not its tenant when its walls decay; O Love Divine, O Helper ever present, Be Thou my strength and stay! 3 Be near me when all else is from me drifting Earth, sky, home's pictures, days of shade and shine, And kindly faces to my own uplifting The love which answers mine. 4 I have but Thee, my Father! let Thy Spirit Be with me then to comfort and uphold; No gate of pearl, no branch of palm I merit, Nor street of shining gold. 5 Suffice it if my good and ill unreckoned, And both forgiven through Thy abounding grace I find myself by hands familiar beckoned Unto my fitting place. 6 Some humble door among Thy many mansions, Some sheltering shade where sin and striving cease, And flows for ever through heaven's green expansions The river of Thy peace. 7 There from the music round about me stealing I fain would learn the new and holy song. And find at last, beneath Thy trees of healing, The life for which I long. Languages: English Tune Title: DIADEMA
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When on my day of life the night is falling

Author: J. G. Whittier, 1807-1892 Hymnal: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #468b (1917) Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 When on my day of life the night is falling, And in the winds from unsunned spaces blown I hear far voices out of darkness calling My feet to paths unknown-- 2 Thou, who hast made my home of life so pleasant, Leave not its tenant when its walls decay; O Love Divine, O Helper ever present, Be Thou my strength and stay! 3 Be near me when all else is from me drifting Earth, sky, home's pictures, days of shade and shine, And kindly faces to my own uplifting The love which answers mine. 4 I have but Thee, my Father! let Thy Spirit Be with me then to comfort and uphold; No gate of pearl, no branch of palm I merit, Nor street of shining gold. 5 Suffice it if my good and ill unreckoned, And both forgiven through Thy abounding grace I find myself by hands familiar beckoned Unto my fitting place. 6 Some humble door among Thy many mansions, Some sheltering shade where sin and striving cease, And flows for ever through heaven's green expansions The river of Thy peace. 7 There from the music round about me stealing I fain would learn the new and holy song. And find at last, beneath Thy trees of healing, The life for which I long. Languages: English Tune Title: MOUNT ALLISON
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Life is the time to serve the Lord

Hymnal: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #297 (1870) Meter: 8.8.8.8 Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 Life is the time to serve the Lord, The time t'ensure the great reward; And while the lamp holds out to burn, The vilest sinner may return. 2 Life is the hour that God has given To ’scape from hell and fly to heaven; The day of grace, and mortals may Secure the blessings of the day. 3 Then what my thoughts design to do, My hands, with all your might pursue, Since no device, nor work is found, Nor faith, nor hope, beneath the ground. 4 There are no acts of pardon past In the cold grave, to which we haste, But darkness, death, and long despair Reign in eternal silence there. Languages: English
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How short and hasty is our life!

Hymnal: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #287 (1870) Meter: 8.6.8.6 Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 How short and hasty is our life! How vast our souls' affairs! Yet senseless mortals vainly strive To lavish out their years. 2 Our days run thoughtlessly along, Without a moment's stay; Just like a story, or a song We pass our lives away. 3 God from on high invites us home, But we march heedless on, And ever hast'ning to the tomb, Stoop downwards as we run. 4 How we deserve the deepest hell, That slight the joys above! What chains of vengeance should we feel, That break such cords of love! 5 Draw us, O Saviour, with Thy grace, And lift our thoughts on high, That we may end this mortal race, And see salvation nigh. Languages: English
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And am I only born to die?

Hymnal: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #296 (1870) Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 And am I only born to die? And must I suddenly comply With nature’s stern decree? What after death for me remains? Celestial joys, or hellish pains, To all eternity. 2 How then ought I on earth to live, While God prolongs the kind reprieve, And props the house of clay; My sole concern, my single care, To watch, and tremble, and prepare Against the fatal day! 3 No room for mirth or trifling here, For worldly hope, or worldly fear, If life so soon is gone; If now the judge is at the door, And all mankind must stand before The inexorable throne! 4 Nothing is worth a thought beneath, But how I may escape the death That never, never dies! How make mine own election sure; And when I fail on earth, secure A mansion in the skies. 5 Jesus, vouchsafe a pitying ray, Be Thou my guide, be Thou my way To glorious happiness. Ah! write the pardon on my heart; And whensoe’er I hence depart, Let me depart in peace. Languages: English
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Hasten, O sinner, to be wise

Hymnal: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #285 (1870) Meter: 8.8.8.8 Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 Hasten, O sinner, to be wise, And stay not for the morrow's sun; The longer wisdom you despise, The harder is she to be won. 2 Oh, hasten, mercy to implore, And stay not for the morrow's sun, For fear thy season should be o'er Before this evening's course be run. 3 Hasten, O sinner, to return, And stay not for the morrow's sun, For fear thy lamp should fail to burn Before the needful work is done. 4 Hasten, O sinner, to be blest, And stay not for the morrow's sun, For fear the curse should thee arrest Before the morrow is begun. Languages: English
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Brief life is here our portion

Author: Dr. J. M. Neale, 1818-1866; Bernard of Cluny (12th century) Hymnal: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #567 (1917) Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 Brief life is here our portion; Brief sorrow, short-lived care; The life that knows no ending, The tearless life, is there. O happy retribution! Short toil, eternal rest; For mortals and for sinners A mansion with the blest! 2 And now we fight the battle, But then shall wear the crown Of full and everlasting And passionless renown; But He whom now we trust in Shall then be seen and known; And they that know and see Him Shall have Him for their own. 3 The morning shall awaken, The shadows shall decay, And each true-hearted servant Shall shine as doth the day. There God, our King and portion, In fulness of His grace, Shall we behold for ever, And worship face to face. 4 O sweet and blessed country, The home of God's elect! O sweet and blessed country That eager hearts expect! Jesus, in mercy bring us To that dear land of rest; Who art, with God the Father, And Spirit, ever blest. Languages: English Tune Title: CHENIES
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The radiant morn hath passed away

Author: Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903 Hymnal: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #229 (1917) Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 The radiant morn hath passed away, And spent too soon her golden store; The shadows of departing day Creep on once more. 2 Our life is but a fading dawn, Its glorious noon how quickly past Lead us, O Christ, when all is gone, Safe home at last. 3 O by Thy soul-inspiring grace Uplift our hearts to realms on high Help us to look to that bright place Beyond the sky, 4 Where light, and life, and joy, and peace, In undivided empire reign, And thronging angels never cease Their deathless strain 5 Where saints are clothed in spotless white, And evening shadows never fall; Where Thou, Eternal Light of Light, Art Lord of all. Languages: English Tune Title: ST. GABRIEL
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While, with ceaseless course, the sun

Author: J. Newton, 1725-1807 Hymnal: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #270 (1917) Topics: Brevity of Life; Life Brevity of Lyrics: 1 While, with ceaseless course, the sun Hasted through the circling 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 Him above. Languages: English Tune Title: BENEVENTO
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Father, again in Jesus' name we meet

Author: Lady L. E. G. Whitmore, 1792-1840 Hymnal: Methodist Hymn and Tune Book #533 (1917) Topics: Brevity of Life Lyrics: 1 Father, again in Jesus' name we meet, And bow in penitence beneath Thy feet; Again to Thee our contrite voices raise, To sue for mercy, and to sing Thy praise. 2 O we would bless Thee for Thy ceaseless care, And all Thy works from day to day declare: Is not our life with hourly mercies crowned? Does not Thine arm encircle us around? 3 Alas! unworthy of Thy boundless love, Too oft with careless feet from Thee we rove; But now, encouraged by Thy voice, we come, Returning sinners to a Father's home. 4 O by that Name in whom all fulness dwells, O by that Love which every love excels, O by that Blood so freely shed for sin, Open blest mercy's gate, and take us in. Languages: English Tune Title: PENITENTIA

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