155. Almighty Maker of My Frame

1. Almighty maker of my frame!
Teach me the measure of my days,
Teach me to know how frail I am,
And spend the remnant in Thy praise.

2. My days are shorter than a span,
A little point my life appears;
How frail at best is dying man!
How vain are all his hopes and fears!

3. Vain his ambition, noise and show;
Vain are the cares which rack his mind;
He heaps up treasures mixed with woe,
And dies and leaves them all behind.

4. O be a nobler portion mine!
My God, I bow before Thy throne;
Earth’s fleeting treasures I resign,
And fix my hope on Thee alone.

Text Information
First Line: Almighty maker of my frame
Title: Almighty Maker of My Frame
Author: Anne Steele (1760)
Meter: LM
Language: English
Source: Poems on Subjects Chiefly Devotional, 1760
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: The original was the 13-stanza poem, "When I Resolved to Watch My Thoughts." This version is a cento that first appeared in "A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors," by John Rippon, 1787.
Tune Information
Composer: Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1872)
Meter: LM
Incipit: 33216 54334 32171
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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