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Hymn: I would not live always I ask not to stay (FL)

Hymnal: The Christian Psalmist

Date: 1850

Compiler: Silas W Leonard and A D Fillmore

Publisher/Printer: S W Leonard

First Line: I would not live always I ask not to stay

Topic: <no topic given>

Writer: <no first name given> <no last name given>


Meter: 11s

Tune: Prescott

Hymn Number: <no hymn number given>

Page Number: 042, click to see hymnal pages


I would not live always,

I ask not to stay,

Where storm af-ter storm ri-ses o'er the dark way,

The few lu-rid mornings that dawn on us here,

Are enough for life's woes, full enough for its cheer.

I would not live alway-no, welcome the tomb,

Since Jesus has lain there, I dread not its gloom;

There, sweet be my rest, till he bid me arise,

To hail him in triumph descending the skies.

Who, who would live alway away from his God,

Away from you heaven, that blissful abode,

Where the rivers of pleasure flow o'er the bright plains,

And the noon-tide of glory eternally reigns:

Where The saints of all ages in harmony meet,

Their Saviour and brethren, transported to greet:

While the anthems of rapture unceasingly roll,

And the smile of the Lord is the feast of the soul.