While life prolongs its precious light

Representative Text

1 While life prolongs its precious light,
Mercy is found, and peace is given;
But soon, ah, soon, approaching night
Shall blot out every hope of heaven.

2 While God invites, how blest the day!
How sweet the Gospel’s charming sound!
Come, sinners, haste, oh, haste away,
While yet a pard'ning God is found.

3 Soon, borne on time’s most rapid wing,
Shall death command you to the grave;
Before His bar your spirits bring,
And none be found to hear or save.

4 In that lone land of deep despair
No Sabbath’s heav'nly light shall rise,
No God regard your bitter prayer,
No Saviour call you to the skies.

5 Now God invites; how blest the day!
How sweet the Gospel’s charming sound!
Come, sinners, haste, oh, haste away,
While yet a pard'ning God is found.

Source: Crowning glory no. 2: a collection of gospel hymns #77

Author: Timothy Dwight

Timothy Dwight (b. Northampton, MA, 1752; d. Philadelphia, PA, 1817) was a grandson of Jonathan Edwards who became a Congregationalist pastor, a Revolutionary War army chaplain, a tutor and professor at Yale College, and president of Yale from 1795 to 1817. As president he continued to teach and serve as chaplain and was instrumental in improving both the academic and the spiritual life of the college. Bert Polman… Go to person page >

Tune

HEBRON (Mason)


WELLS (Holdroyd)


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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