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Alas how poor and little worth

Alas how poor and little worth

Author: Henry W. Longfellow
Published in 26 hymnals

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1 Alas! how poor and little worth
Are all those glittering toys of earth
That lure us here!
Dreams of a sleep that death must break;
Alas! before it bids us wake,
They disappear.

2 Where is the strength that spurned decay,
The step that rolled so light and gay,
The heart's blithe tone?
The strength is gone, the step is slow,
And joy grows weariness and woe
When age comes on.

3 Our birth is but a starting-place;
Life is the running of the race,
And death the goal:
There all those glittering toys are brought;
That path alone, of all unsought,
Is found of all.

4 Oh let the soul its slumbers break,
Arouse its senses, and awake
To see how soon
Life, like its glories, glides away,
And the stern footsteps of decay
Come stealing on.

Source: The Book of Worship #420

Author: Henry W. Longfellow

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth , D.C.L. was born at Portland, Maine, Feb. 27, 1807, and graduated at Bowdoin College, 1825. After residing in Europe for four years to qualify for the Chair of Modern Languages in that College, he entered upon the duties of the same. In 1835 he removed to Harvard, on his election as Professor of Modern Languages and Belles-Lettres. He retained that Professorship to 1854. His literary reputation is great, and his writings are numerous and well known. His poems, many of which are as household words in all English-speaking countries, display much learning and great poetic power. A few of these poems and portions of others have come into common use as hymns, but a hymn-writer in the strict sense of that term he… Go to person page >

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First Line: Alas how poor and little worth
Author: Henry W. Longfellow



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A Collection of Hymns: Supplementary to the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #400Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #568Page Scan
Cottage Melodies; a hymn and tune book, for prayer and social meetings and the home circle #281Page Scan
Hymn Book for Christian Worship #635Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #758Page Scan
Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #758Page Scan
Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1118Page Scan
Psalmista: or, Choir Melodies #d4
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1120Page Scan
Sparkling Jewels for the Sunday School: a new collection of choice music #43Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book: being "The Plymouth Collection" enlarged and adapted to the use of Baptist churches #1118Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #1171Page Scan
The Book of Worship #420TextPage Scan
The Christian Harmony: in the Seven-Syllable Character Note System. Rev. ed. #d6
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #1089Page Scan
The Christian Minstrel: a New System of Musical Notations; with a Collectionof Psalm Tunes, Anthems, & Chants ... 104th ed. #d4
The Disciples' Hymn Book: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #C22Page Scan
The New York Choralist: a new and copious collection of Psalm and hymn tunes adapted to all the various metres in general use with a large variety of anthems and set pieces #199Page Scan
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #752Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #C22Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #752Page Scan
The Psalmodist: a Choice Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes #d3
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #1062Page Scan
The Sanctus #d4
The Tabernacle #d5
The Temple Harp #d4
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