Days and moments quickly flying (John Bacchus Dykes)

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  • (Posted 2010-08-23)  CPDL #22177:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-08-23).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 18 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the Church Hymnary, 1927.

General Information

Title: Days and moments quickly flying
Composer: John Bacchus Dykes
Tune: St Sylvester
Lyricist: Edward Caswall and others

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations

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1. Days and moments quickly flying
 blend the living with the dead:
 Soon our bodies will be lying
 Each within its narrow bed.

2. Jesus, infinite Redeemer,
 Maker of this mighty frame,
 Teach, O teach us to remember
 What we are, and whence we came.

3. As a shadow life is fleeting,
 As a vapour, so it flies,
 For the bygone years retreating,
 Pardon grant, and make us wise,

4. Wise that we our days may number,
 Strive and wrestle with our sin,
 Stay not in our work, nor slumber,
 Till Thy holy rest we win.

5. Jesus, merciful Redeemer,
 Rouse dead souls to hear Thy voice;
 Wake, O wake each idle dreamer
 Now to make th'eternal choice.

6. Soon before the Judge all glorious
 We with all the dead shall stand;
 Saviour, over death victorious,
 Place us then at Thy right hand.