Whilst in this world I stay, some hopes have I
That I shall reign in Heaven eternally
But when my time is past, and I am gone,
There’s no hope left for me to build upon.
Lord, grant me full assurance whilst that I
Am here, so willing I shall be to die.
About the Author and the Source
Philip Pain (d. 1668) was a young New England poet who drowned in a shipwreck. Fittingly the sixty-four stanzas of his meditations, begun July 19, 1666, were subtitled Quotidian Preparations for and Considerations of Death and Eternity. Today we feature his seventeenth meditation.
Philip Pain. Daily Meditations: Quotidian Preparations for and Considerations of Death and Eternity. Cambridge, 1670.