Who knows how soon my life be ended

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1 Who knows how soon my life be ended!
Time flies and death is hasting on.
How suddenly, without a warning,
The end may come and life be gone!
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus' sake may all be well!

2 Teach me, O Lord, my days to number,
And when this life I shall depart,
Let me commend my soul to Jesus,
And die with a repentant heart.
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus' sake may all be well!

3 O God, my sins in mercy cover
With merits of Thy dying Son!
In Him I put my trust securely,
He on the cross my pardon won.
O God, when toils my parting knell,
For Jesus' sake may all be well!

4 Help me to set mine house in order
Betimes, and ever ready be,
That when Thou callest, I may answer
Lord, as Thou wilt do unto me.
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus' sake may all be well!

5 The sorrows and the cross of Jesus
Make death-beds soft, and light the grave;
They comfort me in hour of parting,
And give the grace I fain would have.
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus' sake may all be well!

6 From Jesus naught shall ever part me;
In faith I touch His pierced side
And hail Him Lord, my God and Saviour;
Nor life nor death shall us divide.
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus' sake may all be well!

7 Meanwhile in God I live contented,
Or die without an anxious thought.
Where He doth lead, there will I follow,
For I believe without a doubt,
Through faith, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus' sake, all shall be well.

Source: Christian Hymns: for church, school and home: with music #210

Author: Aemilie Juliane, Gräfin von Schwarzburg Rudolstadt

Emilie Juliane was daughter of Count Albert Friedrich of Barby and Mühlingen (on the Elbe, near its junction with the Saale). During the Thirty Years' war her father and family had to seek refuge in the Heidecksburg, the castle of his uncle, Count Ludwig Günther of Schwarzburg Rudolstadt, and Emilie was born at the Heidecksburg, Aug. 16, 1637. After the death of her father (1641) and mother (1642), she was adopted by her mother's sister (who was her godmother, and had become the wife of Count Ludwig Günther), and was educated at Rudolstadt with her cousins, under the care of Dr. Ahasuerus Fritsch, and other tutors. She became the wife of her cousin, Albert Anton, July 7, 1665, and died at Rudolstadt, Dec. 3, 1706 (Koch, iv. 56-63; Allg.… Go to person page >

Translator: Henry Mills

Mills, Henry, D.D., son of John Mills, was born at Morriston, New Jersey, March 12, 1786, and educated at the New Jersey College, Princeton, where he graduated in 1802. After being engaged in teaching for some time at Morristown and elsewhere, he was ordained Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, New Jersey, in 1816. On the opening of the Auburn Theological Seminary in 1821, he was appointed Professor of Biblical Criticism and Oriental Languages, from which he retired in 1854. He died at Auburn, June 10, 1867. In 1845 he published Horae Germanicae; A Version of German Hymns. This was enlarged in 1856. The translations are not well done, and very few are now in common use, although 18 and 9 doxologies were given in the Lutheran Ge… Go to person page >

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First Line: Who knows how soon my life be ended
Author: Aemilie Juliane, Gräfin von Schwarzburg Rudolstadt
Translator: Henry Mills
Copyright: Public Domain

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