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LORD LET ME KNOW MY TERM OF DAYS




Resolved to watch o'er all my ways,
I kept my tongue, in awe;
I curbed my hasty words when I
the wicked prosperous saw.


Like one that's dumb I silent stood,
and did my tongue refrain
From good discourse; but that restraint
increased my inward pain.


My heart did glow, which working thoughts
did hot and restless make;
And warm reflections fanned the fire,
till thus at length I spake:


Lord, let me know my term of days,
how soon my life will end;
The numerous train of ills disclose,
which this frail state attend,


My life, thou knowest, is but a span,
a cypher sums my years;
And every man, in best estate,
but vanity appears.


Man like a shadow vainly walks,
with fruitless cares oppressed;
He heaps up. wealth, but cannot tell
by whom 'twill be possessed.


Why then should I on worthless toys
with anxious care attend!
On thee alone my steadfast hope
shall ever, Lord, depend.


Forgive my sins, nor let me scorned
by foolish sinners be;
For I was dumb, and murmured not,
because 'twas done by thee.


The dreadful burden of thy wrath
in mercy soon remove;
Lest my frail flesh too weak to bear
the heavy load should prove.


For when thou chastenest man for sin
thou makest his beauty fade,
(So vain a thing is he,) like cloth
by fretting moths decayed.


Lord, hear my cry, accept my tears,
and listen to my prayer;
Who sojourn like a stranger here,
as all my fathers were.


O spare me yet a little time,
my wasted strength restore;
Before I vanish quite from hence,
and shall be seen no more.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1696
      Bible Refs: Ps 39;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1889# 39
      MUSIC
      Name: ST. MARY
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1621
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