When all my past days to review (Thomas Haweis)

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  • (Posted 2018-12-11)   CPDL #52595:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-12-11).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition, as written in 1791. All five stanzas of Haweis' hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2018-12-11)   CPDL #52594:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-12-11).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All five stanzas of Haweis' hymn included. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: When all my past days to review
Composer: Thomas Haweis
Lyricist: Thomas Haweis

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1791 in Carmina Christo, or Hymns to the Savior, no. 1, p. 2

Description: Haweis called this Hymn One; it has also been called Communion. Words by Thomas Haweis, with five stanzas.

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Original text and translations

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1. When all my past days to review,
And ponder my ways I begin,
The further I search I pursue,
I trace but corruption and sin.

2. Soon as from the womb I was brought,
My race was in evil begun:
My Spirit with frowardness fraught,
And falsehood beguiled my tongue.

 

3. To manhood from youth as I grew,
My reason to passion the slave:
As custom, as fashion still drew,
I rush down the steep to the grave.

4. My conscience, that monitor true,
Remonstrates, but little avails:
The good which I would, I can't do,
The evil I would not, prevails.

 

5. Then take me, Lord, such as I am,
And make me just what I should be;
I'll take to my self all the shame,
And give all the glory to thee.