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Hymn #705: I Would Not Live Alway, I Ask Not To Stay

Hymn #704 Hymn #706

Death, Resurrection, and Eternity

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705 (11.11.11.11.) William Muhlenberg

I would not live alway, I ask not to stay

Where storm after storm rises dark o'er the way;

The few lucid mornings that dawn on us here,

Are followed by gloom, or beclouded with fear.

I would not live alway thus fettered by sin,

Temptation without and corruption within:

E'en the rapture of pardon is mingled with fears,

And the cup of thanksgiving with penitent tears.

I would not live alway; no, welcome the tomb,

Since Jesus hath lain there I dread not its gloom:

There sweet be my rest 'til He bid me arise,

To hail Him in triumph descending the skies.

Oh, who would live alway — away from his God,

Away from yon heaven, that blissful abode?

Where rivers of pleasure flow o'er the bright plains,

And the noontide of glory eternally reigns;

Where saints of all ages in harmony meet,

Their Saviour and brethren transported to greet,

While anthems of rapture unceasingly roll,

And the smile of the Lord is the feast of the soul.

Hymn #704 Hymn #706