More diligence give me

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1 More diligence give me;
Swift flieth the day,
Each moment some lost one
Is passing away;
How can I be idle,
Christ knowing so well?
More diligence give me,
Love's story to tell.

2 More tenderness give me
For wandering sheep,
Like Jesus the Sheperd,
To search and to weep
In byways and hedges,
O'er desert and sea;
More tenderness give me
For sinners like me.

3 More gratitude give me,
More love for my Lord,
More gifts for the Giver
Who spreadeth my board;
More mem'ries of mercies,
More praises in pray'r,
More gladness in labor,
More trust with my care.

4 More purity give me,
More hatred of sin,
More hung'ring and thirsting
For goodness within;
More watching and praying,
From self to be free;
More fruits of the Spirit,
More, Jesus, of thee.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #604

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

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