1. What a work to do for Jesus!
Work for you and work for me,
Work for all who trust His merit,
All who would His glory see;
Though we fill a lowly station,
And our talent be but small,
Though we are but young disciples,
We must heed the Savior’s call.
2. What a work to do for Jesus
And the perishing around,
Souls that by His blood are ransomed,
Telling them the joyful sound!
Oh, the lost and dying millions,
Wandering from God astray,
You and I may help to lead them,
In the straight and narrow way.
3. What a work to do for Jesus,
Work for heart and hand and brain!
Sowing aye, beside all waters,
Precious seeds of golden grain;
Going forth in life’s glad morning,
Happy with the Master’s love,
And at eve returning, laden
For the Welcome Home above.
4. Oh, the sacred inspiration,
Blest each heart by grace made free,
From the cross and from the garden,
This I freely do for Thee!
Can our lips be dumb in silence,
All unmoved by Love’s bequest?
Can we close our eyes in slumber?
Can we fold our hands to rest?
Born: Circa 1835, Litchfield, New York.
Died: August 30, 1901, at his son’s home in Newark, New York. He and his wife Jenette were killed in a train wreck on the Northern Central Railroad between Fairville and Zurich, New York. They had been returning home from a week’s outing at their summer cottage at Lake Bluff, Sodus Point, on Lake Ontario.
Buried: Newark Cemetery, Newark, New York.
Son of abolitionist Seth Burgess, Parke attended Hamilton College, and taught mathematics there for a while. He served at the East Mexico Presbyterian Church (Old Pratham), Oswego County, New York; in East Dennis, Massachusetts; Duxbury, Massachusetts. He also edited The Temperance Press out of Boston, Massachusetts, lived for a year in Syracuse, Ne… Go to person page >
Display Title: Work for JesusFirst Line: What a work to do for JesusTune Title: GUNSTONAuthor: A. Parke BurgessMeter: 87.87 DSource: Hymns of Christian Endeavor, edited by S. W. Adriance (Boston, Massachusetts: The United Society of Christian Endeavor, 1888), number 30