Do the Best You Can

Never slight the task that's given

Author: Birdie Bell
Tune: [Never slight the task that's given]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Never slight the task that’s given,
Even tho’ it may be small,
Time that’s spent is vain regretting
Slips away beyond recall;
And the task by God appointed,
Is the best for any man,
Then be faithful to your duty,
Always do the best you can!

Refrain:
Faithful to the task appointed,
For ‘tis part of God’s great plan,
Work wherever He has plac’d you,
Always do the best you can!

2 God has call’d each life to labor,
He has work for ev’ry one,
Take the duty which is nearest,
Toil and leave no task undone;
Do not long for something better,
You are part of His great plan,
He will bless the simplest service
If you do the best you can! [Refrain]

3 Some may climb the lofty mountain
While you trudge along the vale,
Some may walk a sunny pathway
While you face the fiercest gale;
Tho’ you follow in the background
When you long to lead the van,
You are just where God has plac’d you,
Always do the best you can! [Refrain]

Source: Uplifting Songs #16

Author: Birdie Bell

C. Louise Bell, also known a Birdie Bell, was born, raised and lived in New York city. She began writing hymns when she was sixteen years old. She is the author of more than 500 hymns, 200 religious poems, and 200 Christmas and Easter lyrics, as well as short stories, and articles. She wrote under the name of Birdie Bell, which is what her family called her. 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 >

Text Information

First Line: Never slight the task that's given
Title: Do the Best You Can
Author: Birdie Bell
Refrain First Line: Faithful to the task appointed
Publication Date: 1917
Copyright: Public Domain
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