|Stanza||Poetry Source by First Line|
Death, like an overflowing stream,
Sweeps us away; our life’s a dream,
An empty tale, a morning flow’r,
Cut down and withered in an hour.
Thro’ ev’ry age, eternal God,, Stanza 5
Our age to sev’nty years is set;
How short the time! How frail the state!
And if to eighty we arrive,
We’d rather sigh and groan than live.
Thro’ ev’ry age, eternal God,, Stanza 6
Teach us, Oh Lord, how frail is man;
And kindly lengthen out the span,
Till a wise care of piety
Fit us to die and dwell with Thee.
Thro’ ev’ry age, eternal God,, Stanza 8