- (Posted 2016-10-18) CPDL #41472:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-10-18). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 35 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1807. All five stanzas of Doddridge's hymn included.
- (Posted 2016-10-18) CPDL #41471:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-10-18). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 64 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All five stanzas of Doddridge's hymn included.
First Line: Alas, how fast our moments fly
Composer: Samuel Holyoke
Lyricist: Philip Doddridge
Number of voices: 3vv Voicing: STB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1807 in The Vocal Companion, p. 52
Description: Words by Philip Doddridge, 1755, hymn entitled Misimproved Privileges, and Disappointed Hopes, with five stanzas.
Original text and translations
1. Alas, how fast our moments fly!
How short our months appear!
How swift through various seasons hastes
The still-revolving year!
2. Season of grace, and days of hope,
While Jesus waiting stands,
And spreads the blessings of his love
With wide-extended hands.
3. But O! how slow our stupid souls
These blessings to secure!
Blessings, which through eternal years
Unwithering shall endure.
4. Beneath the word of life we die;
We starve amidst our store;
And what salvation should impart
Heightens our ruin more.
5. Pity this madness, God of love,
And make us truly wise:
So from the pregnant seeds of grace
Shall glorious harvests rise.