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779. Nothing but Leaves

1 Nothing but leaves I’ve gathered,
Yes, nothing but worthless leaves,
When from the field of labor
Others bring golden sheaves;
Then in the day of judgment
Shall I be found with tares,
When God rewards the faithful
With crowns of shining stars.

Refrain:
Gathering nothing but leaves,
Gathering nothing but leaves;
Spending life’s precious moments
Gathering nothing but leaves.

2 Nothing but leaves I’ve gathered,
So sad, but, alas, ’tis true,
What I have done I never,
Nevermore can undo;
Past is the harvest season,
The summer has come and gone,
Reaping for future burning
The thorns and briars I’ve sown. [Refrain]

3 Nothing but leaves I’ve gathered,
Dear sinner, oh, hear the cry;
Swiftly your days are passing,
Soon you’ll be called to die;
What are the seeds you’re sowing?
What will you reap at last?
Sometime you’ll surely gather
Sheaves from the seeds you’ve cast. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Nothing but leaves I've gathered
Title: Nothing but Leaves
Author: William J. Henry (1911)
Meter: 7.7.7.6.7.7.7.6 R
Scripture: Matthew 11:13
Topic: Sowing/Reaping
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Nothing_but_Leaves); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (385); The Gospel Trumpet Company, Select Hymns, 1911 (40)
Refrain First Line: Gathering nothing but leaves
Tune Information
Name: [Nothing but leaves I've gathered]
Composer: Barney E. Warren (1911)
Meter: 7.7.7.6.7.7.7.6 R
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Nothing_but_Leaves); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (385); The Gospel Trumpet Company, Select Hymns, 1911 (40)






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