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And am I born to die

And am I born to die.  Charles Wesley* (1707-1788). From Hymns for Children (1763), where it had six DCM stanzas. All were reprinted, with minor changes, by John Wesley* in A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780), in spite of (or because of) their uncompromising severity (they are found in the section entitled ‘Describing Death’, the first of the four Advent themes, Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell). This may be seen in the first three stanzas:    And am I born to die,    To lay this body down? And must my trembling spirit fly    Into a world unknown,   A world of darkest shade,   Unpierc’d by human thought, The dreary regions of the dead,   Where all...

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