To Heaven I shall be ascending
far from my body’s earthly clay;
God is His realm to me extending,
and there I daily make my way;
laud, honour, praise, and thanks are due
a thousand fold, God, unto You!
The only thing that I can render
is gratitude of all my heart,
all other works I could engender
with much too many faults are marred;
but You do not disdain my sighs
nor tears that well up in my eyes.
I shall attend to my vocation
and presently my work begin;
God’s grace will be my life’s foundation
as it in all my time has been;
God holds me in His mighty hands,
His Spirit always with me stands.
I shall not on the world be building
however fortunate I’ll be;
but as each hour to hour is yielding
I tell my soul the certainty
that time does pass like running sand,
eternity is close at hand.
© Copyright 2001 by Mogens Lemvig Hansen.
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The canonical tune for this hymn is the Danish version of Dir, dir, Jehova: 47kb .pdf file. The metre is 98.98.88 iambic.
The midi sequence of the tune linked above was kindly provided by Svend Christiansen. Last revised September 22nd, 2006.