Why stand ye here all the day idle, I pray

Why stand ye here all the day idle, I pray

Author: R. Porter Orr
Tune: [Why stand ye here all the day idle, I pray?]
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1 Why stand ye here all day idle, I pray?
Go into my vineyard and labor today;
The harvest is plenteous but lab’rers are few,
Then haste ye away, there’s employment for you.

Refrain:
Standing idle!
Go labor today;
Go into my vineyard;
Haste, haste ye away.

2 Too much of your time has already been lost;
The world and its pleasures, ah! dearly they cost.
Why tarry ye longer? Be up and away,
And that which is right for thy wages I’ll pay. [Refrain]

3 The harvest is passing and soon will be o’er;
The gracious entreaty ye’ll hear then no more.
Ah! sad the reflection on mem’ry engraved,
“The summer is ended, and I am not saved.” [Refrain]

Source: Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #143

Author: R. Porter Orr

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First Line: Why stand ye here all the day idle, I pray
Author: R. Porter Orr
Refrain First Line: Standing idle, go labor today

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Fair as the Morning. Hymns and Tunes for Praise in the Sunday-School #143

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