Like shadows gliding o'er the plain

Like shadows gliding o'er the plain

Author: John Taylor
Published in 64 hymnals

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Like shadows gliding o’er the plain,
Or clouds that roll successive on,
Man’s busy generations pass;
And while we gaze, their forms are gone.

O Father, in whose mighty hand
The boundless years and ages lie,
Teach us Thy boon of life to prize,
And use the moments as they fly;—

To crowd the narrow span of life
With wise designs and virtuous deeds;
And so shall death but lead us on
To nobler service that succeeds.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #402

Author: John Taylor

Taylor, John, born July 30, 1750, was the son of Richard Taylor, of Norwich, and grandson of Dr. John Taylor (1694-1761, the eminent Hebrew scholar, who was for many years minister of the Octagon Chapel, Norwich, and afterwards Divinity tutor at the Warrington Academy. Dr. Taylor published A Collection of Tunes in Various Airs, one of the first collections of its kind, and his grandson was one of the most musical of Unitarian hymn-writers). Young Taylor, after serving his apprenticeship in his native place, was for two years in a banking house in London, at which time he was an occasional poetical contributor to the Morning Chronicle. In 1773 he returned to Norwich, where he spent the rest of his life, first as a manufacturer, and afterward… Go to person page >

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First Line: Like shadows gliding o'er the plain
Author: John Taylor

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A Book of Hymns and Tunes: for the Sunday-School, the Congregation and Home: 2nd ed. #196

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #402

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #402

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #436

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #436

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #436

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #436

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #436

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #436

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Social and Private Worship #CCLXVII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #536

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #242

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #242

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: from Watts, Doddridge, and others (4th ed. with an appendix) #508

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #266

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #275

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #275

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #266

Grammar School Hymn Book #d144

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Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #686

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Hymn and Tune Book, for the Church and the Home #554

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #624

Hymns and Tunes for the Sunday School, the Congregation and the Home #d93

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d245

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #532

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #532

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Hymns for Public Worship #600

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Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #315

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #755

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #755

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #497

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d625

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Hymns of the Church Universal #631

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Hymns of the Spirit #565

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National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #21

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d347

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Sacred Songs For Public Worship: a hymn and tune book #36

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Services for Congregational Worship #180

Spiritual Melodies. Enl. & impr. ed. #d216

The Advent Christian Hymnal #d475

The Christian Lyre #d220

The Christian Psalter #d296

The College Hymn and Tune Book #d65

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The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #1001

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The Disciples' Hymn Book: a collection of hymns and chants for public and private devotion #330

The Gospel Hymnal #d342

The New Hymn and Tune Book #d211

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The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #249

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #932

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #191

Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d199

University Hymn Book for use in the Chapel of Harvard University #d111

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