Tune: Leonard P. Breedlove, 1854
Alto: W. R. McCoy, 1902
Lyrics: Frances Maria Cowper, 1792
Meter: Common Meter Double (8,6,8,6,8,6,8,6)
My span of life will soon be done,
The passing moments say,
As length'ning shadows o'er the mead
Proclaim the close of day;
O that my heart can dwell aloof
From all created things,
And learn that wisdom from above,
Whence true contentment springs.
Soon will the toilsome strife be o'er
Of sublunary care,
And life's dull vanities no more
This anxious breast ensnare;
Courage, my soul! on God rely;
Deliv'rance soon will come:
A thousand ways has Providence
To bring believers home.
First printed in The Organ May 3, 1854.