A Message from the King

O ask me not to tarry, for life is short at best

Author: Lizzie DeArmond
Tune: [O ask me not to tarry, for life is short at best]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1 O ask me not to tarry, for life is short at best;
Tho’ oft the day be weary, at eventide there’s rest;
And I have truly promised some little word to bring
To those who sorely need it, a message from the King.

Chorus:
A message from the King, a message from the King,
In strains of ever lasting joy, a message from the King.
A message from the King, a message from the King,
In strains of ever lasting joy, a message from the King.

2 God speaks, and we must listen his still small voice to hear,
That we may take to others some note of joy or cheer,
Some song of heaven’s gladness that in each heart shall ring,
When earthly hopes have faded, a message from the King. [Chorus]

3 Interpreters for Jesus are we from day to day,
He whispers some sweet secret, some loving word to say;
If faithful to our purpose unto his hand we cling,
Our lives will daily utter a message from the King. [Chorus]


Source: Inspiring songs No. 1: for the Sunday school #44

Author: Lizzie DeArmond

Lizzie De Armond was a prolific writer of children's hymns, recitations and exercises. When she was twelve years old her first poem was published in the Germantown, Pa. Telegraph, however, it was not until she was a widow with eight children to support that she started writing in earnest. She wrote articles, librettos, nature stories and other works, as well as hymns. 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: O ask me not to tarry, for life is short at best
Title: A Message from the King
Author: Lizzie DeArmond
Publication Date: 1906
Copyright: Public Domain

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