The barren fig tree

In the vineyard of the Master There was growing once

Author: M. B. C. Slade
Tune: [In the vineyard of the Master] (McIntosh)
Published in 5 hymnals

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1. In the vineyard of the Master,
There was growing once a tree;
Thither came He, often hoping
That some fruit thereon might be.
Fruit, not blossom, went He seeking,
Only leaves thereon He found;
To His dresser hear Him speaking,
Lo! it cumbereth the ground.

Chorus:
If the Master to our vineyard
Should this day come down,
Seeking, looking, asking for His own,
Ready for His eye are we?
Is there fruit upon our tree?
Will He bid the dresser cut it down?

2. But the dresser then made answer,
Leave it, Lord, another year;
I with care will tend and keep it
Till the bud and bloom appear;
Then, if we ripened fruit be showing,
It is well, my Lord will own;
If but leaves are on it growing
After that, Lord, cut it down. [Chorus]

3. In the vineyard of my Master,
Oft my tree His patience tries;
Seeking fruit He often cometh,
Finding only useless leaves.
Let Thy dews of grace fall on me,
Till some fruits divine appear;
Let Thy patience rest upon me;
Try me, Lord, another year. [Chorus]

Source: The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #173

Author: M. B. C. Slade

Mary Bridges Canedy Slade, 1826-1882 Born: Jan­u­a­ry 18, 1826, Fall Ri­ver, Mass­a­chu­setts. Died: Ap­ril 15, 1882, Fall Ri­ver, Mass­a­chu­setts. Buried: Som­er­set, Mass­a­chu­setts. A min­is­ter’s wife and teach­er, Slade was as­sist­ant ed­it­or of The New Eng­land Journal of Ed­u­ca­tion. Lyrics-- Beautiful Christ­mas Beyond This Land of Part­ing Footprints of Je­sus Gathering Home Hark, the Gen­tle Voice Kingdom Is Com­ing, The Loved One, Fare­well Once o’er Ju­dea’s Hills by Night Over Jor­dan Tell It Again Ten Vir­gins, The There’s a Fount­ain Free Who at My Door Is Stand­ing? --hymntime.com/tch  Go to person page >

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First Line: In the vineyard of the Master There was growing once
Title: The barren fig tree
Author: M. B. C. Slade
Refrain First Line: If the Master to our vineyard

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Harvest Bells No. 1 #d39
The Gospel Awakening: a collection of original and selected "hymns and spiritual songs" for the use in gospel meetings everywhere #173TextPage Scan
The More Perfect Gospel Hymnal, a Revision of the Cross and Resurrection in Song #d112
The Morning Star: a collection of new sacred songs, for the Sunday school, prayer meeting, and the social circle #86
The Standard Sunday School Hymnal #16Page Scan
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