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The Preacher's Farewell

How swiftly the years of our pilgrimage fly

Author: Alexander Means
Tune: [How swiftly the years of our pilgrimage fly]
Published in 9 hymnals

Representative Text

1 How swiftly the years of our pilgrimage fly,
As weeks, months and seasons roll silently by;
Our days are soon numbered, and death sounds our knell,
We scarce know our friends till we bid them farewell.

Farewell, farewell,
I've begged and persuaded, but can not compel;
Farewell, farewell,
Till judgment day therefore, I'll bid you farewell.

2 The righteous and wicked move swiftly along,
In crowds to the grave, both the old and the young;
The good rise to heaven, the bad sink to hell,
They take on life's verge an eternal farewell. [Chorus]

3 To you, fellow Christians, I turn with delight,
The grave can not harm you, your future is bright;
Be faithful and humble, temptations repel,
You'll soon leave this world with a smiling farewell. [Chorus]

4 Farewell, fellow sinners, I'm free from your blood,
My message delivered, I leave you with God;
I've begged and persuaded, but can not compel;
Till judgment day therefore, I bid you farewell. [Chorus]

Source: Crowning glory no. 2: a collection of gospel hymns #6

Author: Alexander Means

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Text Information

First Line: How swiftly the years of our pilgrimage fly
Title: The Preacher's Farewell
Author: Alexander Means
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 9 of 9)
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Crowning glory no. 2 #6

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Crowning Glory #166

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Devotional Melodies #48

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Hymns of His Grace #141b

Songs of Peace and Power #d66

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The Chorus #H81

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The Hymn Book of the African Methodist Episcopal Church #967

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