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He Set the Task for Me

Though the work of life be lowly

Author: Jessie B. Pounds (1915)
Tune: RUEBUSH (Ruebush)
Published in 1 hymnal

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1. Though the work of life be lowly,
Let me true and faithful be;
This the thought that makes it holy—
Christ has set the task for me.

He has set the task for me!
He has set the task for me!
This the thought that makes it holy—
Christ has set the task for me!

2. Hush, O heart, thy wild ambition!
Toil, O hands, in service free!
Blest indeed is my condition—
Christ has set the task for me. [Refrain]

3. Christ, I know, will not forget me
When at length the evening falls;
From the place where He has set me
I will answer when He calls. [Refrain]

Author: Jessie B. Pounds

Jessie Brown Pounds was born in Hiram, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland on 31 August 1861. She was not in good health when she was a child so she was taught at home. She began to write verses for the Cleveland newspapers and religious weeklies when she was fifteen. After an editor of a collection of her verses noted that some of them would be well suited for church or Sunday School hymns, J. H. Fillmore wrote to her asking her to write some hymns for a book he was publishing. She then regularly wrote hymns for Fillmore Brothers. She worked as an editor with Standard Publishing Company in Cincinnati from 1885 to 1896, when she married Rev. John E. Pounds, who at that time was a pastor of the Central Christian Church in Indianapolis. A memorab… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Though the work of life be lowly
Title: He Set the Task for Me
Author: Jessie B. Pounds (1915)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He has set the task for me!
Copyright: Public Domain


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