My life's a shade (William Knapp)
- Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2011-01-29). Score information: A4, 1 page, 386 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: "A Funeral Hymn" From New Church Melody: Being a Set of Anthems, Psalms, Hymns, &c. on Various Occasions. In Four Parts with a great Variety of other Anthems, Psalms, Hymns, &c. composed after a Method entirely new, and never printed before 1753.
- Editor: Tim Henderson (submitted 2006-01-28). Score information: A4, 1 page, 43 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: late harmony version from Centenary Tunebook (1839), where the tune is titled 'Macclesfield'.
First published: 1753 in the first edition of New Church Melody
Description: A funeral hymn. Hymn Tune Index tune number 2092.
- Page for Knapp's New Church Melody on IMSLP
- Further verses at
- http://stoddardfamily.home.comcast.net/L/138.html (Northern Harmony site) or
- http://www.ccel.org/w/wesley/hymn/jwg09/jwg0931.html (Methodist Hymnbook)
Original text and translations
My life's a shade; my days
Apace to death decline;
My Lord is life, he'll raise
My dust again, e'en mine.
Sweet truth to me, I shall arise
And with these eyes my savior see.
My peaceful grave shall keep my bones till that sweet day,
I wake from my long sleep, and leave my bed of clay.
My Lord his angels shall their golden trumpets sound;
At whose most welcome call my grave shall be unbound…
I said sometimes with tears, Ah me! I'm loth to die;
Lord, silence thou those fears, my life's with thee on high…
What means my trembling heart, to be thus shy of death ?
My life and I shan't part, tho' I resign my breath…
Then welcome harmless grave; by thee to heav'n I'll go;
My Lord, his death shall save me from the flames below…