Though flowers of hope so early fade

Though flowers of hope so early fade

Author: William Hunter
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1 Though flowers of hope so early fade,
Though clouds my dearest prospects shade,
In youth's sweet morn health's rosy bloom
May leave me, fending to the tomb;
But shall vain murmurs therefore rise,
And sorrowing tears bedim these eyes,
That I am call'd so soon away
From earth and this frail house of clay?

2 'Tis true, the earth is still to me
As green as it was wont to be;
This life has not to me become
A hateful thing, or wearisome:
Still would I toil a while below,
If my great Master will'd it so;
Would live, his name to glory,
And then, in age, contented die.

3 But my short race is swiftly run,
At noonday fades my life's bright sun;
My labours are already past,
And long my sufferings cannot last;
'Til well:--some future danger lies
Conceal'd from these unseeing eyes,
And heaven, in mercy, calls me home,
To save me from the ill to come.

Source: The Minstrel of Zion: a book of religious songs, accompanied with appropriate music, chiefly original #64

Author: William Hunter

Hunter, William, D.D, son of John Hunter, was born near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, May 26, 1811. He removed to America in 1817, and entered Madison College in 1830. For some time he edited the Conference Journal, and the Christian Advocate. In 1855 he was appointed Professor of Hebrew in Alleghany College: and subsequently Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Alliance, Stark Country, Ohio. He died in 1877. He edited Minstrel of Zion, 1845; Select Melodies, 1851; and Songs of Devotion, 1859. His hymns, over 125 in all, appeared in these works. Some of these have been translated into various Indian languages. The best known are :— 1. A home in heaven; what a joyful thought. Heaven a Home. From his Minstrel of Zion, 1… Go to person page >

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First Line: Though flowers of hope so early fade
Author: William Hunter
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