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The years must come and go

Swiftly the years, with their hopes and fears

Author: Charles Walker Ray
Tune: [Swiftly the years, with their hopes and fears]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Swiftly the years, with their hopes and fears,
With their share of joy and sorrow,
Ever haste away, and the parting day
Seems to sigh for the coming morrow.
Hearts may ache, and hearts may break,
Friends may die and terrors wake,
And our visions seem appalling;
While the tide of time shall roll,
Pangs of grief may whelm the soul,
’Midst the darkness ’round us falling,

For the years must come and go,
And the streams of sorrow flow;
Till beyond the dark, dark river;
There will be no fleeting years;
There will be no sighs or tears,
But a feast of joy forever!

2 Happiest hours, like the blooming flowers,
Pass away we know not whither;
And with aching heart, with the loved we part,
Earthly hopes like the blossoms wither.
While the days shall come and go,
Let us banish human woe,
Let us dry the tears of anguish;
Let us comfort those who grieve,
Daily striving to relieve,
Faint and weary ones who languish. [Refrain]

3 Happy the days which in grateful praise,
We rejoicing spend together;
But a happier time in a brighter clime
Shall be ours, and be ours forever.
And the time is drawing nigh,
As the days are going by,
Days that find no fond returning;
Let us haste the heav’nly way,
Let us ever watch and pray,
While the lamp of life is burning. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #14279

Author: Charles Walker Ray

Rv Charles Walker Ray DD USA 1832-1917. Born at Otselic, NY, he became a Baptist minister. He was educated at Hamlton College, Clinton, NY. He earned his doctorate from Monongahela College, Jefferson, PA. That school closed in 1894. He pastored at North Stonington, CT, for a number of years. He also served at Plymouth, NY. He married Julia Tracy Sheffield, and they had a son, Arthur. He wrote a number of books and song books: “Grace Vernon Bussell, the heroine of western Australia” (1878); “Spicy breezes” (1883); “The day school crown” (1892); “The revival helper: a collection of songs for Christian work and worship” (1893); “Bright blossoms of song” (1895); “Zion’s delight” (1901); “The song of songs… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Swiftly the years, with their hopes and fears
Title: The years must come and go
Author: Charles Walker Ray
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


The Cyber Hymnal #14279
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The Cyber Hymnal #14279

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