Hours and days and years and ages
Swife as moving shadows flee;
As we scan life's fleeting pages,
Naugh enduring do we see;
On the paths our feet are wending
Footprints all will be effaces;
Present time to past is tending,
Though its page is not erased.
But from sin Thy mercy drew us,
Would not leave our souls alone;
Gracious Lord, Thou didst renew us,
All our guilt Thou didst atone;
Yea, the plan of Thy salvation,
For our journey, all the way,
Is a blessed preparation,
Leads to life of endless day.
And thou time will all things conquer,
It shall not our lot decide;
Thou alone, eternal Father,
Wilt for aye our Lord abide;
And when dangers round us gather,
They cannot our souls molest;
In Thy Son Thou art our Father,
In Thy love our hearts e'er rest.
Speed along, the, years and ages,
With your gladness and your pain;
E'en when deepest sorrow rages,
Faithful will our God remains;
Though all earthly friends forsake us,
Guided by His loving hand
To His heart we'll aye betake us,
Looking toward our fatherland.