He'll understand and say, well done

Representative Text

1 If when you give the best of your service,
Telling the world that the Savior is come;
Be not dismayed when men don't believe you;
He understands; he'll say, "Well done."

Oh, when I come to the end of my journey,
Weary of life and the battle is won;
Carrying the staff and the cross of redemption,
He'll understand, and say, "Well done."

2 Misunderstood, the Savior of sinners,
Hung on the cross; he was God's only Son;
Oh! hear him calling his Father in heav'n,
"Not my will, but thine be done." [Refrain]

3 If when this life of labor is ended,
And the reward of the race you have run;
Oh! the sweet rest prepared for faithful,
Will be his blest and final "Well done." [Refrain]

4 But if you try and fail in your trying,
Hands sore and scarred from the work you've begun;
Take up your cross, run quickly to meet him;
He'll understand; he'll say, "Well done." [Refrain]

Source: Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #785

Author: Lucie Eddie Campbell

Lucie Eddie Campbell, April 30, 1885–January 3, 1963, one of nine children born to parents who were slaves in Mississippi. She moved to Memphis with her mother after her father died when she was two years old. Became first Music Director of newly formed Education arm for the new National Baptist Convention formed in 1916 in Memphis. In 1919 at a NBC convention in Atlantic City, Campbell introduced a young, blind singer, Connie Rosemond, who electrified the delegates with his rendition of Campbell’s first gospel hymn, “Something Within.” Campbell met Rosemond on the famous Beale St in Memphis. She heard a man betting $10 that he could make the blind youngster “get down in the alley” an expression for singing the blues. Th… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If when you give the best of your service
Title: He'll understand and say, well done
Author: Lucie Eddie Campbell
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O, when I come to the end of my journey
Copyright: Public Domain



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African American Heritage Hymnal #413

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Hymns of Faith #521

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #785

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Lift Every Voice and Sing II #190

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Songs of Zion #178

The New National Baptist Hymnal #428

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #466

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This Far By Faith #172


Zion still Sings #138

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