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If Life be Long

If life be long, I will be glad

Author: J. G. Bonnell
Tune: [If life be long, I will be glad]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 If life be long, I will be glad
That I may long obey;
If short, then why should I be sad
To soar to endless day?

2 This life is giv’n me to prepare
For that which is to come;
Grant me, O Lord, the bliss to share
Of an eternal home.

3 The life God gives I will employ
To do His blessed will;
Upward I’ll soar on wings of joy,
And do His pleasure still.

4 Then let me live for God alone,
While life to me is giv’n;
And let me serve before the throne
Forevermore in heav’n.

Source: Praise and Promise: for use in Sunday-schools, prayer meetings, revivals, young people's meetings and on special occasions #69

Author: J. G. Bonnell

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Text Information

First Line: If life be long, I will be glad
Title: If Life be Long
Author: J. G. Bonnell
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #14108

Include 1 pre-1979 instance
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