1 Before my journey is complete
My vigor fails, my years decline;
My God, O spare me, I entreat;
The days of life are wholly Thine.
2 O cut not short my life's brief day,
O thou Whose years eternal run,
Thou Who didst earth's foundations lay,
Creator of the stars and sun.
3 The earth and heavens shall pass away,
Like vesture worn and laid aside,
But changeless thou shalt live for aye,
Thy years forever shall abide.
4 Thy servants' children shall remain
For ever more before Thy face;
Enduring honor they shall gain,
Established ever in thy grace.
The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912