And am I born to die?

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1 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?

2 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!

3 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 Saviour dwell:
Must come at His command to heaven,
Or else depart to hell?

4 O, Those who wouldst not have
One wretched sinner die:
Who didst Thyself my soul to save
From endless misery
Show me the way to shun
Thy dreadful wrath severe;
That when Thou comest on Thy throne
I may with joy repent.


Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #565

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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First Line: And am I born to die?
Author: Charles Wesley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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