See how the little toiling ant

See how the little toiling ant

Author: John Needham
Published in 15 hymnals

Representative Text

1 See how the little toiling ant
Improves the harvest hours:
While summer lasts, through all her cells
The choicest stores she pours.

2 While life remains, our harvest lasts;
But youth of life's the prime;
Best is this season for our work,
And this the accepted time.

3 To-day attend, is wisdom's voice,
To-morrow, folly cries:
And still to-morrow 'tis, when, Oh!
To-day the sinner dies.

4 When conscience speaks, its voice regard,
And seize the tender hour;
Humbly implore the promised grace,
And God will give the power.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: John Needham

Needham, John, was the son of John Needham, Baptist Minister, of Hitchin, Herts, but the date of his birth is unknown. He would doubtless be educated by his father, who was a tutor and in repute as a learned man. In 1750 Needham became co-pastor with John Beddome at the Baptist meetinghouse in the Pithay, Bristol; but, two years later, Beddome having retired through age, a violent controversy arose in the Church with regard to a continuance of the plan of co-pastorship. As the result, Needham and a number of his friends removed to a Baptist meetinghouse in Callowhill Street, where a Mr. Foot was pastor. For a time the two societies used the same builing at different hours, but in 1755 they were united, with Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot as co-pa… Go to person page >

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First Line: See how the little toiling ant
Author: John Needham
Language: English



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