Life teems with chances

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1 Life teems with chances for service,
Gives opportunities great,
If we but strife to perceive them,
If we search where they wait.

Make them, take them,
Do the best you may,
Find them, bind them,
Work and plan and pray;
Grasp them, clasp them,
Any—ev’ry way,
Choose them and use them,
But, oh, do not lose them,
By night or day.

2 Many the lives we can brighten,
If we are willing to try,
Many the hearts we can lighten,
Let not the chances go by. [Refrain]

3 Count them as gifts to our Master,
These opportunities sweet,
Soon they’ll come faster and faster,
Bringing us gladness complete. [Refrain]

Source: The Excelsior Hymnal #19

Author: Edith Sanford Tillotson

Edith Sanford Tillotson was born and lived her entire life in Corona, New York. She wrote hymns for children as well as poems and librettos. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: Life teems with chances
Author: Edith Sanford Tillotson
Refrain First Line: Make them, take them
Copyright: Public Domain


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The Excelsior Hymnal #19

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