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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

What I Would Not Be

I would not be a fruitless tree

Author: Wm. Appel
Tune: [I would not be a fruitless tree]
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1 I would not be a fruitless tree,
With fol’age o’er and o’er,
On which the Master’s eye might find
But leaves and nothing more;
On which the Master’s curse might fall
And wither root, and branch, and all.

2 I would not be a fruitless branch
On Christ, who is the Vine,
And cast abroad my deadly shade
Where sunlight ought to shine—
The which the husbandman must spurn,
And cast into the fire to burn.

3 I would not be a barren ground,
Refusing aught to yield,
But choking thistles, thorns, and tares—
A bad and worthless field,
From which the Lord would turn away,
And leave it ever waste to lay.

4 I would not be a servant mean,
And hide beneath the ground
The talent given by my Lord—
At last a sloth be found,
Who, at the final judgment day,
Must be forever cast away.

Source: Timeless Truths #275

Author: Wm. Appel

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Text Information

First Line: I would not be a fruitless tree
Title: What I Would Not Be
Author: Wm. Appel
Language: English



Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

Timeless Truths #275

Include 2 pre-1979 instances
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