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THE VARIOUS LOTS OF MAN IN LIFE




One human pair, and only one,
Were formed in youthful prime,
All else that e’er beheld the sun,
Were children in their time.


For each a mother’s pangs were borne,
And many a father’s eye,
Wept o’er his infant born to mourn,
His infant born to die.


With millions life was but a spark,
Extinct as soon as fired;
Others, just glancing from the dark,
Wept, smiled, looked round, retired.


Millions and millions more have passed
Life’s various pilgrimage,
While Death at all his arrows cast,
And slew of every age.


Of these what multitudes untold
Have never known their God,
But blind, and ignorant, and bold,
In paths of ruin trod.


What guiltier multitudes have known,
yet scorned him or denied,
Lived to themselves and sin alone;
And as they lived they died.


We may not wander like the first;
Then, lest we share the lot
Of those more awfully accurst,
Who knew, but loved, him not, —


May we hold fast the faithful word,
Our future time redeem,
Live, while we live, unto the Lord,
Die, when we die, to him.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
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      Name: ST. AGNES, DURHAM
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1866
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