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What Are You Recording?

What are you writing, brother?

Author: Will H. Ruebush
Tune: [What are you writing, brother]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 What are you writing, brother?
On that page so white and fair,
Your sins though few, are may
Are all recorded there,
Just stop and think, my brother,
Of what you’re writing there,
Are you making only blotches,
When the page should be so fair.

Be careful then, my brother,
Of what you think or say,
For all your deeds and actions,
Will face you in “That day.”

2 How are you walking, brother?
In this world so full of care,
Are you in the path of duty?
Would you merit “well done” there?
Just step with care, my brother,
For sink holes here and there,
And dang’rous places many,
Are ‘round you ev’rywhere. [Refrain]

3 Oh speak with care, my brother,
For your words are written there,
Your evil thoughts and sayings,
Will soil that page so fair.
Just wait awhile, my brother,
When words unbridled spring,
Just think of pain and suffering,
Such words may often bring. [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 2 #142

Author: Will H. Ruebush

William Howe Ruebush (Will H. Ruebush) 1873-1956 Born: June 4, 1873, Sing­ers Glen, Vir­gin­ia. Died: October 6, 1956, Elk­ton, Vir­gin­ia. A vo­cal mu­sic teach­er ear­ly in his ca­reer, Rue­bush di­rect­ed an ar­my band in France in World War I. Af­ter the war, he led ma­ny ci­vil­ian or­ches­tras and bands, and taught at sev­er­al schools, in­clud­ing the Shen­an­do­ah Con­serv­a­to­ry of Mu­sic in Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia. He com­posed ma­ny marches, in­clud­ing The Stone­wall Bri­gade March, Shen­an­do­ah, and the Al­ma Ma­ter Song for Tu­lane Un­i­ver­si­ty. Rue­bush spent most of his life in Day­ton, Vir­gin­ia, where he be­came pre­si­dent of the Rue­bush-Kieff­er Pub­… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What are you writing, brother?
Title: What Are You Recording?
Author: Will H. Ruebush
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Be careful, then, my brother
Copyright: Public Domain


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Crowning Day No. 2 #142

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