Thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before Thee. Psalm 39:5
Words: J. S. Kimbrough, in The Best Gospel Songs and Their Composers (Dalton, Georgia: Anthony. J. Showalter, 1904), number 184.
Music: Aconcagua Claude H. Bottoms (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know Kimbrough’s full name, or where to get a better photo or him or Bottoms, would you ?
The days are swiftly going by,
The fleeting, passing moments say;
With rapid wing they speed away,
Nor in their onward journey stay.
Thy grace, O Lord, on us bestow,
Teach us the ways of sin to shun;
Give us the joys of Heav’n to know,
When life’s short race with us is run.
The morning light but scarcely breaks
Before the night’s dark gloom appears;
An everlasting flight it takes,
And joins the dead and buried years.
Life is a day that soon is o’er,
A span of time that quickly flies;
And then we sleep, to dream no more
Till resurrection’s morn we rise.