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And am I born to die?

Charles Wesley

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1 And am I born to die?
  To lay this body down?
  And must my trembling spirit fly
  Into a world unknown?

2 A land of deepest shade,
  Unpierced by human thought,
  The dreary regions of the dead,
  Where all things are forgot?

3 Soon as from earth I go,
  What will become of me?
  Eternal happiness or woe
  Must then my portion be:

4 Waked by the trumpet’s sound,
  I from my grave shall rise,
  And see the Judge, with glory crowned,
  And see the flaming skies!

5 How shall I leave my tomb?
  With triumph or regret?
  A fearful or a joyful doom,
  A curse or blessing meet?

6 Will angel bands convey
  Their brother to the bar?
  Or devils drag my soul away,
  To meet its sentence there?

7 Who can resolve the doubt
  That tears my anxious breast?
  Shall I be with the damned cast out,
  Or numbered with the blest?

8 I must from God be driven,
  Or with my Savior dwell;  
  Must come at His command to Heaven,
  Or else—depart to hell!

9 O thou that wouldst not have
  One wretched sinner die,  
  Who dy'dst thyself, my soul to save
  From endless misery!

10 Shew me the way to shun
  Thy dreadful wrath severe,
  That when thou comest on thy throne,
  I may with joy appear.

11 Thou art thyself the way,
  Thyself in me reveal;
  So shall I spend my life's short day
  Obedient to thy will;

12 So shall I love my God,
  Because he first lov'd me,
  And praise thee in thy bright abode,
  To all eternity.


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