Life and night are falling from me,
Death and day are opening on me.
Wherever my footsteps come and go,
Life is a stony way of woe.
Lord, have I long to go?
Hallow hearts are ever near me,
Soulless eyes have ceased to cheer me:
Lord, may I come to thee?
Life and youth and summer weather,
to my heart no joy can gather.
Lord, lift me from life's stony way!
Loved eyes long close in death watch for me:
Holy death is waiting for me - -
Lord, may I come to-day?
My outward life feels sad and still
like lilies in a frozen rill:
I am gazing upwards to the sun,
Lord, Lord, remembering my lost one.
Oh Lord, remember me!
How is it in the unknown land?
Do the dead wander hand in hand?
God, give me trust in Thee
Do we clasp dead hands and quiver
With an endless joy forever?
Do tall white angels gaze and wend
Along the banks where lilies bend?
Lord, we know not how this may be:
Good Lord we put our faith in Thee - -
O God, remember me.