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Do the best you can

If clouds blot out the sunshine

Author: Eben E. Rexford
Tune: [If clouds blot out the sunshine]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 If clouds blot out the sunshine
Along the path you tread,
Don’t grieve in hopeless fashion,
And sigh for brightness fled;
Beyond the clouds the sunlight
Shines in God’s changeless plan,
Trust that the way will brighten,
And do the best you can.

Then do your best,
Yes, do the best you can;
Then do your best,
Yes, do the best you can;
Let not your courage falter,
Keep faith in God and man,
And all along life’s pathway
Do just the best you can.

2 Away with vain repining!
Sing songs of hope and cheer,
Till many a weary comrade,
Grows strong of heart to hear;
He who sings over trouble,
With faith in God above,
Sees thro’ earth’s clouds the sunshine
Of God’s eternal love. [Refrain]

3 So in the time of trouble
Let not your courage fail,
The clouds must sometime vanish,
The sun at last prevail;
Trust we th’eternal goodness,
The all-wise Father’s plan,
And, brave with hope and courage,
Do just the best you can. [Refrain]

Source: Songs of Help: for the Sunday school, evangelistic and church services #157

Author: Eben E. Rexford

Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton. See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co. --Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If clouds blot out the sunshine
Title: Do the best you can
Author: Eben E. Rexford
Refrain First Line: Then do your best



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)
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Bright Melodies #189

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Our Hymns #38

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Songs of Help #157

The New Living Hymns No. 2 #d150

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