Why shouldest thou die before thy time?@Ecclesiastes 7:17
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Edward J. Hopkins (1818-1901)

Thomas Hastings, Spiritual Songs for Social Worship, 1831, number 315.

Tarring Edward J. Hopkins, 1886 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Thomas Hastings (1784-1872)

Child of sin and sorrow,
Filled with dismay,
Wait not for the morrow,
Yield thee today:
Heaven bids thee come,
While yet there’s room,
Child of sin and sorrow,
Hear and obey.

Child of sin and sorrow,
Why wilt thou die?
Come whilst thou can borrow
Help from on high:
Grieve not that love
Which, from above,
Child of sin and sorrow,
Would bring thee nigh.

Child of sin and sorrow,
The moments glide,
Like the flitting arrow,
Or the rushing tide;
E’er time is o’er,
Heaven’s grace implore;
Child of sin and sorrow,
In Christ confide.

Child of sin and sorrow,
Cease now the tear;
Wait not for tomorrow,
Banish thy fear!
Christ now receives
Him who believes,
Child of sin and sorrow,
Be of good cheer!