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Few, few and evil are thy days

Few, few and evil are thy days

Author: James Montgomery
Published in 9 hymnals

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Few, few and evil are thy days,
Man, of a woman born;
Peril and trouble haunt thy ways;
Forth, like a flower at morn,
The tender infant springs to light,
Youth blossoms to the breeze,
Age, withering age, is cropt ere night;
Man like a shadow flees.

And dost thou look on such an one?
Will God to judgment call
A worm, for what a worm hath done
Against the Lord of all?
As fail the waters from the deep,
As summer-brooks run dry,
Man lieth down in dreamless sleep,
His life is vanity.

Man lieth down, no more to wake,
Till yonder arching sphere
Shall, with a roll of thunder, break,
And nature disappear.
O hide me, till Thy wrath be past,
Thou who canst slay or save!
Hide me, where hope may anchor fast,
In my Redeemer's grave.

Source: Sacred Poems and Hymns #215

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Few, few and evil are thy days
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #533

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Hymns of Worship #570

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Plymouth Collection #a1117

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #1117

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Revival Hymns #347


Sacred Poems and Hymns #215

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1117

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The Harp #956

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The Harp. 2nd ed. #a956

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