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Life is the time to serve the Lord,
The time to insure the great reward;
And while the lamp holds out to burn,
The vilest sinner may return.


[Life is the hour that God has given
To escape from hell and fly to heaven;
The day of grace, and mortals may
Secure the blessings of the day.]


Since no device nor work is found,
Nor faith, nor hope, beneath the ground,
Let us with all our might pursue,
The prize our Lord hold out to view.


The living know that they must die,
But all the dead forgotten lie;
Their mem'ry and their sense is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.


[Their hatred and their love is lost,
Their envy buried in the dust;
They have no share in all that's done
Beneath the circuit of the sun.]


Then what my thoughts design to do,
My hands, with all your might pursue;
Since no device nor work is found,
Nor faith, nor hope, beneath the ground.


There are no acts of pardon passed
In the cold grave, to which we haste;
But darkness, death, and long despair,
Reign in eternal silence there.


---Alternative verses---


Then what my thoughts design to do,
My hands with all their might pursue,
Since no device nor work is found,
Nor faith, nor hope beneath the ground.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1707
      Bible Refs: Ec 9:4-6; Ec 9:10;
      MUSIC
      Name: HAMBURG (BOSTON)
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1824,1825
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        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)

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