What is your life? It is a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.@James 4:14
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Thomas Kelly (1769-1855)

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on Various Passages of Scripture, third edition (Dublin: 1809).

Grand Canyon William B. Bradbury (1816-1868) (repeats last two lines of each verse) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William B. Bradbury (1816-1868)

What is life? ’tis but a vapor;
Soon it vanishes away;
Life is but a dying taper;
O my soul! why wish to stay!
Why not spread thy wings, and fly
Straight to yonder world of joy?

See that glory—how resplendent!
Brighter far than fancy paints;
There, in majesty transcendent,
Jesus reigns—the King of saints:
Spread thy wings, my soul! and fly
Straight to yonder world of joy.

Joyful crowds, His throne surrounding,
Sing with rapture of His love;
Through the heavens His praises sounding,
Filling all the courts above:
Spread thy wings, my soul! and fly
Straight to yonder world of joy.

Go, and share His people’s glory,
Mid the ransomed crowd appear;
Thine a joyful, wondrous story,
One that angels love to hear:
Spread thy wings, my soul! and fly
Straight to yonder world of joy