My Life Declines, My Strength Is Gone

My life declines, my strength is gone

Author: Susanna Harrison
Tune: [The moon shines bright and stars give light]
Published in 7 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 My life declines, my strength is gone,
Disease and pains prevail;
Death threatens to arrest me soon,
My heart and flesh doth fail.

2 Soon must I leave this body here,
Soon must my soul away;
O awful thought—my soul, prepare
For that tremendous day!

3 Soon must I pass the solemn test,
How soon, my judge can tell!
When He with smiles shall call me blest,
Or frown me down to hell.

4 O how shall I prepare my heart
Eternal life to gain?
Jesus, Thy grace, Thy strength impart,
Or all I do is vain.

5 I cannot for one sin atone—
I swell with pride no more:
All the best duties I have done
I’ve reason to deplore.

6 Jesus, on Thee alone I lean,
Do Thou my soul prepare;
O cleanse my heart from every sin,
And fix Thy dwelling there.

7 Renewed and justified by grace,
Complete I then shall stand,
Before th’almighty Father’s face,
When He my life demand.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8689

Author: Susanna Harrison

Harrison, Susanna, invalided from her work as a domestic servant at the age of 20, published Songs in the Night, 1780. This included 133 hymns, and passed through ten editions. She is known by "Begone, my worldly cares, away," and "O happy souls that love the Lord." Born in 1752 and died Aug. 3, 1784. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: My life declines, my strength is gone
Title: My Life Declines, My Strength Is Gone
Author: Susanna Harrison
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #8689
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The Cyber Hymnal #8689

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