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The time is swiftly rolling on

Poet: Berryman T. Hicks, 1835
Meter: Common Meter (8,6,8,6)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
1
The time is swiftly rolling on
When I must faint and die;
My body to the dust return,
And there forgotten lie.


The Dying Minister 83b, Stanza 1

2
Let persecution rage around,
And Antichrist appear;
My silent dust beneath the ground;
There's no disturbance there.


The Dying Minister 83b, Stanza 2

3
Thro' heats and colds I've often went,
And wonder'd in despair,
To call poor sinners to repent,
And seek the Saviour dear.



4
My brother preachers, boldly speak,
And stand on Zion's wall,
T' revive the strong, confirm the weak,
And after sinners call.



5
My brother preachers, fare you well,
Your fellowship I love;
In time no more I shall you see
But soon we'll meet above.


The Dying Minister 83b, Stanza 5

6
My little children near my heart,
And nature seems to bind,
It grieves me sorely to depart,
And leave you all behind.



7
O Lord, a father to them be,
And keep them from all harm,
That they may love and worship thee,
And dwell upon thy charms.



8
My loving wife, my bosom friend,
The object of my love,
The time's been sweet I've spent with you,
My sweet and harmless dove.



9
My loving wife, don't grieve for me,
Neither lament nor mourn;
For I shall with my Jesus be,
When you are left alone.



10
How often you have look'd for me,
And ofttimes seen me come;
But now I must depart from thee,
And never more return.



11
For I can never come to thee;
Let this not grieve your heart,
For you will shortly come to me,
Where we shall never part.




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