That awful hour will soon appear

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1 That awful hour will soon appear,
Swift on the wings of time it flies
When all that pains or pleases here,
Will vanish from my closing eyes.

2 Death calls my friends, my neighbours hence,
And none resist the fatal dart;
Continual warnings strike my sense,
And shall they fail to strike my heart?

3 Think, O my soul! how much depends
On the short period of to-day:
Shall time, which heav'n in mercy lends,
Be negligently thrown away?

4 Thy remnant minutes strive to use;
Awake, rouse ev'ry active pow'r;
And not in dreams and trifles lose
This little, this important hour!

5 Lord of my life, inspire my heart
With heav'nly ardor, grace divine;
Nor let thy presence e'er depart,
For strength, and life, and death are thine.

6 O teach me the celestial skill,
Each awful warning to improve;
And while my days are short'ning still,
Prepare me for the joys above!


Source: A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #369

Author: Anne Steele

Anne Steele was born at Broughton, Hampshire, in 1717. Her father was a timber merchant, and at the same time officiated as the lay pastor of the Baptist Society at Broughton. Her mother died when she was 3. At the age of 19 she became an invalid after injuring her hip. At the age of 21 she was engaged to be married but her fiance drowned the day of the wedding. On the occasion of his death she wrote the hymn "When I survey life's varied scenes." After the death of her fiance she assisted her father with his ministry and remained single. Despite her sufferings she maintained a cheerful attitude. She published a book of poetry Poems on subjects chiefly devotional in 1760 under the pseudonym "Theodosia." The remaining works were published a… Go to person page >

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First Line: That awful hour will soon appear
Author: Anne Steele

Tune

HAMBURG

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone. HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #369

A Collection of Hymns from Various Authors. New ed. #d300

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #LXXI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship (2nd ed.) #LXXI

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

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #313

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A Liturgy and Hymns for Church Sunday Schools #197

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (2nd ed. Enl. and Imp.) #272

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms for Social and Private Worship (6th ed.) #281

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms, for Social and Private Worship. (11th ed.) #281

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A Selection of Hymns and Psalms: for social and private worship (3rd ed. corr.) #272

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d449

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Hymns for Social Meetings #103

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Hymns for Sunday Schools #306

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Hymns for Youth, Suitable to be Used in Sabbath and Parochial Schools #350

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Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (60th ed., 1st rev. ed.) #704

Revival Hymns. 4th ed. #d113

Sabbath School and Social Hymns of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the U.S.A. #d236

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Sunday School Hymn Book. (19th ed) #124

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Sunday-School Hymns #190

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #254

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d357

The Halifax Selection of Hymns: intended as a Supplement to Dr. Watts' Psalms and Hymns #d381

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The Presbyterian Juvenile Psalmodist #136

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #200

The Sunday School Child's Hymn Book. Rev. #d33

Union Hymns. Rev. #d356

Union Hymns. Rev. #d366

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