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Do the Next Thing

Do the thing that's next you! 'Tis God's work for you

Author: Howard B. Grose
Tune: [Do the thing that's next you!] (Balfe)
Published in 5 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Do the thing that’s next you!
‘Tis God’s work for you;
has the nearby vexed you?
Is it hard to do?
Still the duty next you,
Which has sore perplexed you,
Just be done by you, if
To God you would be true.

Then do the duty next you,
If you would be true;
‘Tis the Master’s bidding,
“This for Me ye do.”

2 Do the thing that’s next you!
Look not far away,
In the distant morrow
Losing life’s today.
Duty’s in the present,
Pleasant or unpleasant;
As a faithful servant,
Christ’s call you must obey. [Refrain]

3 Do the thing that’s next you!
Work lies close at hand;
Do not miss the simple,
Dreaming of the grand.
Filled with love sincerest,
Touch the soul that’s nearest,
Meet the need severest,
Fulfilling Christ’s command. [Refrain]

Source: Williston Hymns #118

Author: Howard B. Grose

Born: September 5, 1851, Millerton, New York. Died: May 19, 1939, Ballston Spa, New York. Buried: Ballston Spa, New York. Grose attended the University of Chicago, Illinois, and the University of Rochester, New York (AB 1876, AM 1880). He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1883, and served at the First Baptist Church, Poughkeepsie, New York (1883-87) and the First Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1888-90). He also served as president of the University of South Dakota (1890-92), taught history at the University of Chicago (1892-96), was assistant editor of The Watchman in Boston, Massachusetts (1896-1900), and editorial secretary for the American Baptist Home Mission Society (1904-10), and edited the Missions journal for 23 yea… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Do the thing that's next you! 'Tis God's work for you
Title: Do the Next Thing
Author: Howard B. Grose
Refrain First Line: Then do the duty next you



Instances (1 - 5 of 5)
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Jubilant Praise #15

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Service Songs for Young People's Societies, Sunday Schools and Church Prayer Meetings #37

Sunday School Voices, No.2 #d32

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The Endeavor Hymnal #149

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Williston Hymns #118

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