The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Remember, Life Is Short

A Hymn for New Year's Eve or Day
This carol may be sung also on the last Sunday after Epiphany

Words: "Remember, O Thou Man," Thomas Ravenscroft, from “Melismata,” 1611
Rewritten by Rev. W. J. Irons, D. D.
Compare: Remember, O Thou Man - Version 1 (Sandys, 1833)
Remember, O Thou Man - Version 2 (Shaw and Dearmer, 1913)
Remember, O Thou Man - Version 3 (Rickert, 1910)
Remember, O Thou Man - Version 4 (Bullen, 1885)

Music: Old English
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, Complete Edition, 1894), Carol #107

1.Remember, life is short, O man, O man!
Remember, O thou man, ere time is spent;
Remember, O thou man, how hope seem'd gone,
And how thy God yet called thee to repent!

2. Remember Adam's fall -- O man, O man,
Remember Adam's fall -- to deep to tell!
Remember Adam's fall, when we were all
Cast out of Paradise, on earth to dwell.

3. Remember God's great Love -- O man, O man,
Remember God's great Love -- His Promise made --
Remember God's great Love -- and this is the proof,
He sent His Son our sinful souls to aid.

4. The Angels all did sing -- O man, O man,
The Angels all did sing, that night so still,
The Angels all did sing to our great King,
And Peace proclaim to men of righteous will.

5. The Shepherds heard amazed -- O man, O man,
The Shepherds heard amazed, the Angels sing, --
The Shepherds heard amazed, and joyful praised
The Blessed Birth of Jesus Christ our King.

6. To Bethlehem they did go, O man, O man,
To Bethlehem they did go, since Christ was there
To Bethlehem they did go, and found it so,
Jesus, and Joseph, and His Mother fair.

7. As Angels first did say, O man, O man,
As Angels first did say, it came to pass;
As Angels first did say, the Infant lay
In a low Manger-bed, so poor He was.

8. In Bethlehem He was born, O man, O man,
In Bethlehem He was born, that lowly room!
In Bethlehem He was born, for us forlorn,
And He did not abhor the Virgin's womb.

9. Thanks give to God alway, O man, O man,
Thanks give to God alway, all purely, wholly;
Thanks give to God alway, for this glad Day --
Let all rejoice and hail it, -- "Holy, Holy."

Sheet Music from Chope

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