1 See the leaves around us falling,
Dry and withered to the ground;
Thus to thoughtless mortals calling,
In a sad and solemn sound;
2 "Youth on length of days presuming,
Who the paths of pleasure tread,
View us, late in beauty blooming,
Numbered now among the dead.
3 "Yearly in our course appearing,
Messengers of shortest stay,
Thus we preach in mortal hearing,
Ye, like us, shall pass away."
Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #962
See the leaves around us falling, p. 535, i. This hymn appeared in The Christian's Magazine, 1760, p. 86, as "The Fall of the Leaf; a Sacred Ode," and again in the Gospel Magazine, Sept. 1769, p. 447.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)