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As over the past my memory strays

As over the past my memory strays

Author: T. F. Middleton
Published in 78 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 As o'er the past my memory strays,
Why heaves the secret sigh?
'Tis that I mourn departed days,
Still unprepared to die.

2 The world and worldly things beloved,
My anxious thoughts employ'd;
And time unhallowed, unimproved,
Presents a fearful void.

3 Yet, holy Father, wild despair
Chase from my labouring breast;
Thy grace it is which prompts the prayer,
That grace can do the rest.

4 My life's brief remnant all be Thine;
And when Thy sure decree
Bids me this fleeting breath resign,
O speed my soul to Thee.

Hymnal: according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, 1871

Author: T. F. Middleton

Middleton, Thomas Fanshaw, D.D., son of Thomas Middleton, Rector of Redleston, in Derbyshire, was born there on Jan. 26, 1769. He was educated first by his father, then at Christ's Hospital, and finally at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge (B.A. in honours 1792). He was successively Curate of Gainsborough; Rector of Tansor, Northamptonshire, 1795; Vicar of St. Pancras, 1810; Archdeacon of Huntingdon, 1812; and the first bishop of Calcutta, 1814. He died in Calcutta, July 8, 1822. Bishop Middleton's publications were mainly confined to various Sermons and Charges, and a work on the Greek Article. In 1824 his Sermons and Charges were collected and published with a short Memoir, by Dr. H. R. Bonney. At p. xciv. the only hymn ascribed to him is given wi… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: As over the past my memory strays
Author: T. F. Middleton
Language: English





Composed by Johann Crüger (PHH 42) as a setting for Paul Gerhardt's "Nun danket all’ und bringet Ehr," GRÄFENBERG was first published in the 1647 edition of Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica. The tune is arbitrarily named after a water-cure spa in Silesia, Austria, which became famous in the 1820…

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