Lord, make me to know…the measure of my days…that I may know how frail I am.@Psalm 39:4
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Samuel S. Wesley (1810-1876)

Anne Steele, Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional 1760; the original was the 13-stanza poem, When I Resolved to Watch My Thoughts. This version is a cento that first appeared in A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, by John Rippon (London: 1787).

Winscott Samuel S. Wesley, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Almighty maker of my frame!
Teach me the measure of my days,
Teach me to know how frail I am,
And spend the remnant in Thy praise.

My days are shorter than a span,
A little point my life appears;
How frail at best is dying man!
How vain are all his hopes and fears!

Vain his ambition, noise and show;
Vain are the cares which rack his mind;
He heaps up treasures mixed with woe,
And dies and leaves them all behind.

O be a nobler portion mine!
My God, I bow before Thy throne;
Earth’s fleeting treasures I resign,
And fix my hope on Thee alone.