SATB a cappella (optional organ). Billings' tune Thomas-Town, edited by Thomas Gibbs, Jr. Text (altered) attributed to Mather Byles. Typical Billings style: open harmonies, vigorous rhythms, and a resolute style throughout.
Great God, how frail a thing are we!
How swift our minutes pass!
Our age contracts within a span:
we bloom and die like grass.
And must my moments thus decline,
and must I sink to death?
To thee my spirit I resign,
thou maker of my breath.