Scripture Verse

My days are like a shadow that declineth. Psalm 102:11


Maria F. Cowper (1722–1797)

Words: Ma­ria F. Cow­per, in Orig­in­al Po­ems on Va­ri­ous Oc­ca­sions, 1792.

Music: Nox Prae­ces­sit John B. Cal­kin, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Cal­kin (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

John B. Calkin (1827–1905)


My span of life will soon be done,
The passing moments say;
As lengthening shadows o’er the mead
Proclaim the close of day.

O that my heart might dwell aloof
From all created things,
And learn that wisdom from above
Whence true contentment springs!

Courage, my soul! thy bitter cross,
In every trial here,
Shall bear thee to thy heaven above,
But shall not enter there.

Courage, my soul, on God rely;
Deliverance soon will come;
A thousand ways has Providence
To bring believers home.