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And am I born to die?

Poet: Charles Wesley, 1763
Meter: Short Meter Double (6,6,8,6,6,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
And am I born to die?
To lay this body down?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?
A land of deepest shade,
Unpierc’d by human thought,
The dreary regions of the dead,
Where all things are forgot!


Idumea 47b, Stanzas 1 & 2

Idumea 47b, Stanzas 1 & 2
2
Soon as from earth I go,
What will become of me?
Eternal happiness or woe
Must then my portion be:
Wak’d by the trumpet's sound
I from my grave shall rise,
And see the Judge with glory crown’d,
And see the flaming skies.


Idumea 47b, Stanzas 3 & 4

Idumea 47b, Stanzas 3 & 4
3
How shall I leave my tomb?
With triumph or regret?
A fearful, or a joyful doom,
A curse, or blessing meet?
Shall angel-bands convey
Their brother to the bar?
Or devils drag my soul away,
To meet its sentence there?



4
Who can resolve the doubt
That tears my anxious breast?
Shall I be with the damn’d cast out?
Or number’d with the blest?
I must from God be driven,
Or with my Saviour dwell,
Must come at his command, to heaven,
Or else depart to hell.



5
O Thou that would’st not have
One wretched sinner die,
Who diedst thyself, my soul to save
From endless misery,
Show me the way to shun
Thy dreadful wrath severe?
That when Thou comest on thy throne,
I may with joy appear.



6
Thou art thyself the way:
Thyself in me reveal,
So shall I pass my life’s short day
Obedient to thy will;
So shall I love my God,
Because he first lov’d me,
And praise thee in thy bright abode
Thro’ all eternity.




Wesley, Charles. Hymns for Children, and Others of Riper Years. Bristol, England: Printed by William Pine, 1763.