1 Remember Him, the only One,
Now, ere the years flow by—
Now, while the smile is on thy lip,
The light within thine eye.
2 Now, ere for thee the sun has lost
Its glory and its light,
And earth rejoice thee not with flowers,
Nor with its stars the night.
3 Now, while thou lovest earth, because
She is so wondrous fair
With daisies and with primroses,
And sunlit, waving air.
4 And not because her bosom holds
Thy dearest and thy best,
And some day will thyself infold
In calm and peaceful rest.
5 Now, while thou lovest violets,
Because mid grass they wave,
And not because they bloom upon
Some early shapen grave.
6 Now, while thou lovest trembling stars,
But just because they shine,
And not because they’re nearer one
Who never can be thine.
7 Now, while thou lovest music’s strains,
Because they cheer thy heart,
And not because from aching eyes
They make the tear drops start.
8 Now, while thou lovest all on earth,
And deemest all will last,
Before thy hope has vanished quite
And every joy has passed.
9 Remember Him, the only One,
Before the days draw nigh
When thou shalt have no joy in them,
And praying, yearn to die.
|First Line:||Remember Him, the only One|
|Author:||Emma Lazarus, 1849-1887 (1866alt.)|
|Source:||A Library of Poetry for Sunday Reading by Philip Schaff and Arthur Gilman (New York: Dood, Mead, 1880)|
|Notes:||Alternate tunes: BETHLEHEM by Gottfried W. Fink, CAROL by Richard S. Willis, SHACKELFORD by Frederick H. Cheeswright, TEIGNMOUTH|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
|Source:||Bremmer's Collection, 1763|
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