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Only Once You Pass This Way

Do your best while Life's pilgrim way you tread

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [Do your best while life's pilgrim way you tread]
Published in 2 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

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1. Do your best while life’s pilgrim way you tread,
Scatt’ring sunshine while you may;
Bear in mind, while the precious seed you spread,
Only once you pass this way.

Only once you pass this way,
Only once you pass this way;
Be a blessing while you may,
Only once you pass this way.

2. Ev’ry day poor and needy you will find,
Filled with sorrow and dismay;
Do your best some poor, broken hearts to bind,
Only once you pass this way. [Refrain]

3. Tell the world that the Savior died for all,
Bid them ever watch and pray;
Lift your voice, shout aloud the Gospel call,
Only once you pass this way. [Refrain]

4. Be a brave, earnest soldier in the strife,
Then when comes the close of day,
May the world be the better for your life,
Only once you pass this way. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5239

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Do your best while Life's pilgrim way you tread
Title: Only Once You Pass This Way
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: Only once you pass this way


The Cyber Hymnal #5239
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