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My life work

What wilt thou have me to do, dear Lord

Author: Philip P. Bliss
Published in 11 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

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1. What wilt Thou have me to do, O Lord,
What wilt Thou have me to do?
Thou hast redeemed me, Thy right I own,
Thine are my pow’rs, my Savior, alone;
Thou hast for me such great things done.

What wilt Thou have me to do?
What is the labor appointed me?
Where shall I labor for Thee?

2. What wilt Thou have me to do, O Lord,
What wilt Thou have me to do?
Is it to labor? I’ll gladly go;
Is it to wait? then let it be so;
Only Thy will I ask to know; [Refrain]

3. What wilt Thou have me to do, O Lord,
What wilt Thou have me to do?
Sing of Thy mercy who died for me?
Tell the good news, salvation is free?
Say, shall I work or sing for Thee? [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7301

Author: Philip P. Bliss

Bliss, Philip, b. at Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1838. In 1864 he went to Chicago in the employ of Dr. George F. Root, the musician, where he was engaged in conducting musical Institutes, and in composing Sunday School melodies. Originally a Methodist, he became, about 1871, a choirman of the First Congregational Church, Chicago, and the Superintendent of its Sunday Schools. In 1874 he joined D. W. Whittle in evangelical work. To this cause he gave (although a poor man) the royalty of his Gospel Songs, which was worth some thirty thousand dollars. His death was sudden. It occurred in the railway disaster at Ashtabula, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1876. He had escaped from the car, but lost his life in trying to save his wife. His hymns are n… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What wilt thou have me to do, dear Lord
Title: My life work
Author: Philip P. Bliss
Refrain First Line: The work thou wouldst have me do



The Cyber Hymnal #7301
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