Who Knows How Soon My Life Be Ended


Who knows how soon my life be ended!
Time flies and death is hasting on.
How suddenly, without a warning,
The end may come and life be gone!
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus’ sake may all be well!

Teach me, O Lord, my days to number,
And when this life I shall depart,
Let me commend my soul to Jesus,
And die with a repentant heart.
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus’ sake may all be well!

O God, my sins in mercy cover
With merits of Thy dying Son!
In Him I put my trust securely,
He on the cross my pardon won.
O God, when toils my parting knell,
For Jesus’ sake may all be well!

Help me to set mine house in order
Betimes, and ever ready be,
That when Thou callest, I may answer
Lord, as Thou wilt do unto me.
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus’ sake may all be well!

The sorrows and the cross of Jesus
Make death-beds soft, and light the grave;
They comfort me in hour of parting,
And give the grace I fain would have.
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus’ sake may all be well!

From Jesus naught shall ever part me;
In faith I touch His pierced side
And hail Him Lord, my God and Saviour;
Nor life nor death shall us divide.
O God, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus’ sake may all be well!

Meanwhile in God I live contented,
Or die without an anxious thought.
Where He doth lead, there will I follow,
For I believe without a doubt,
Through faith, when tolls my parting knell,
For Jesus’ sake, all shall be well.