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O what is life?--'tis like a flower

O what is life?--'tis like a flower

Author: Jane Taylor
Published in 40 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Oh, what is life?--'tis like a flower
That blossoms and is gone;
It flourishes its little hour,
With all its beauty on:
Death comes, and, like a wintry day,
It cuts the lovely flower away.

2 Oh, what is life?--'tis like the bow
That glistens in the sky:
We love to see its colors glow;
But, while we look, they die:
Life fails as soon,--to-day 'tis here;
To-morrow it may disappear.

3 Lord, what is life?--if spent with thee,
In humble praise and prayer,
How long or short our life may be,
We feel no anxious care:
Though life depart, our joys shall last
When life and all its joys are past.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #869

Author: Jane Taylor

Taylor, Jane, the younger of two sisters, was born at London, Sept. 23, 1783. Her gift in writing verse displayed itself at an early age. Her first piece was printed in the Minor's Pocket Book for 1804. Her publications included Display, a tale, 1815; Essays in Rhymes, 1816; and the posthumous work edited by her brother, entitled The Contributions of Q. Q., 1824, being pieces in prose and verse from the Youth's Magazine, to which she had contributed under the signature of "Q. Q." She died at Ongar, Essex, April 13, 1824. Her Memoir and Poetical Remains, were published by her father in 1825. The joint productions of the two sisters, Ann Taylor Gilbert & Jane Taylor, were:-- (1) Original Poems, 1805; (2) Hymns for the Nursery, 1806; (3) Hym… Go to person page >

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First Line: O what is life?--'tis like a flower
Author: Jane Taylor

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d401

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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #679

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A Collection of Hymns #413

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Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship #565

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d706

Harmonia Ecclesiae #d185

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #619

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #792

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #519

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #519

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Hymns for Christian Melody #A3

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d372

Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d837

Kind Words #d68

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Kind Words #42

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New Hymn and Tune book #A5

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New Hymn and Tune Book #A5

Sabbath Songs #d122

Songs in the Night; or Hymns for the Sick and Suffering. 2nd ed. #d137

The American Tune Book (Carmina Sacra, enlarged) #d301

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book for Public Worship #A26

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book, for Public Worship #376a

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The Book of Worship #415

The Choral #d160

The Christian Minstrel #d238

The Evangelical Hymn and Tune Book #d559

The Imperial Harmony #d201

The Modern Harp #d187

The Praise #d206

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The Psalmist #1064

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The Psalmist #1064

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The Psalmody #1053

The Psaltery #d211

The Sacred Melodeon #d69

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #966

The Southern Psalmist #d640

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d671

The Temple Harp #d242

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The Voice of Praise #869

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The Voice of Praise #915

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