It is now the first day of Autumn! How crazy is that?!? In the spirit of the season, I have found a “hymn” text that I believe is fitting! The hymn seems to revolve around a passage found in Isaiah.
Isaiah 64:6 (ESV)
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
I am unsure who the author of this hymn was, but I can say the hymn can be found in a hymnal entitled “Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth, and Children” on page 157 (in case you happened to own this very old hymnal!). The title of this hymn is “The Fading Leaf”. I am unsure of the tune that was sung to this text, but this morning I sang it to the tune of “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed?”, which was written by Isaac Watts and has several tunes. I think Hugh Wilson’s arrangement works best as the tune for “The Fading Leaf”. Perhaps, if I can, I will make sheet music of my own for this text!
If you want an idea as to how the tune could go listen to this arrangement, but ignore the text in the video and read the hymn above!