A handful of leaves

What, sitting at ease when there's work

Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Tune: [What! sitting at ease when there's work to be done]
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1. What! sitting at ease when there’s work to be done!
The best of the day half its circuit has run;
Yon orb to its zenith rides forth in the sky;
What! sitting at ease and the harvest so nigh!

Oh, look on the fields, that already are white;
The Lord hath commanded to work in the light;
Beware lest, instead of the bright, golden sheaves,
We bring to Him only a handful of leaves.

2. What! sitting at ease, leaving others the toil
Of training the vineyard and tilling the soil;
This truth in our mind let us constantly keep,
From seed what we scatter the fruit we shall reap. [Refrain]

3. What! sitting at ease, when a burden of care
Our brother has borne we might help him to bear;
Oh, let us be earnest, and work while we may,
The Master is calling, arise and away. [Refrain]

4. No longer at ease we are folding our hands,
But, willing to do what the Savior commands,
We’ll work till the harvest, then gather the sheaves,
And bring to Him more than a handful of leaves. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2126

Author: Fanny J. Crosby

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Text Information

First Line: What, sitting at ease when there's work
Title: A handful of leaves
Author: Fanny J. Crosby
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O look on the fields
Copyright: Public Domain



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