1 How long shall dreams of creature-bliss
Our flatt'ring hopes employ,
And mock our fond deluded eyes
With visionary joy?
2 How wretched they, that leave the Lord,
And from his word withdraw,
That lose his gospel from their sight
And wander from his law!
3 O thou eternal spring of good,
Whence living waters flow!
Let not our thirsty erring souls
To broken cisterns go.
4 Like characters inscrib'd in dust,
Are sinners borne away;
And all the treasures they can boast,
The portion of a day.
Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #60
How long shall dreams of creature [earthly] bliss? P. Doddridge. [God the Salvation of His People.] Written Aug. 15, 1736, Doddridge Manuscript, and published in his (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 125, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. In one or two American collections it begins, "How long shall dreams of earthly bliss?" as in the Unitarian Hymns for the Church of Christ, Boston, 1853.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)