Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life.@Matthew 7:14
Johann Crüger (1598–1662)

Thomas F. Middleton (1769–1822). Middleton intended for the hymn to be sung on New Year’s Day.

Gräfenberg Johann Crüger, Praxis Pietatis Melica, 1647 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Thomas F. Middleton (1769–1822)
© National Portrait Gallery

As o’er the past my memory strays,
Why heaves the secret sigh?
’Tis that I mourn departed days,
Still unprepared to die.

The world and worldly things beloved,
My anxious thoughts employed;
And time unhallowed, unimproved,
Presents a fearful void.

Yet, holy Father, wild despair
Chase from my laboring breast;
Thy grace it is which prompts the prayer,
That grace can do the rest.

My life’s brief remnant all be Thine;
And when Thy sure decree
Bids me this fleeting breath resign,
O speed my soul to Thee.