Why stand ye here idle, there's labor for all

Why stand ye here idle, there's labor for all

Author: J. L. McDonald
Tune: [Why stand ye here idle? there’s labor for all]
Published in 21 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Why stand ye here idle? there’s labor for all,
The vineyard needs workmen, the weeds are grown tall,
The ripe fruit is wasting for lack of strong hands,
Why stand ye here idle? the Master demands.

Refrain:
Oh, why stand ye idle,
Oh, why stand ye idle,
Oh, why stand ye idle, idle all day?
The harvest is passing,
The harvest is passing
The harvest is passing, passing away.

2 Why stand ye here idle? a brother’s in need,
His cries ascend heav’nward, then pray you, give heed;
For food and for raiment He suffers tonight,
Then render assistance; Oh, dare to do right. [Refrain]

3 Why stand ye here idle? a soul’s being lost,
Speak, speak words of warning, whatever the cost;
The soul you may rescue from sin and from shame,
And give to the Saviour to praise His dear name. [Refrain]

4 Why stand ye here idle? O labor each day,
To lead men to Jesus, the Truth, Life, and Way;
The Spirit has promised its presence to lend,
To comfort and strengthen, till labors shall end. [Refrain]

5 Why stand ye here idle? a harp and a crown
Are waiting in glory for sons of renown
Who labor and suffer for truest and best,
Then labor and enter the haven of rest. [Refrain]

Source: The Crowning Day : For use in Sunday Schools and Gospel Meetings #54

Author: J. L. McDonald

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Text Information

First Line: Why stand ye here idle, there's labor for all
Author: J. L. McDonald
Refrain First Line: O why stand ye idle
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Instances

Instances (1 - 21 of 21)
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Excellent Songs for the Church and Sunday School #197

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Glorious Hymns #130

Gospel Light, or Hymns and Tunes for all Occasions of Christian Work and Worship #d496

Harvest of Light #d259

Heralds of Grace #d124

Hymns of the "Jubilee Harp" #d16

Inspiring Hymns #142

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Joy to the World #138

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Jubilant Praise #144

Living Songs for the Sunday School, the Epworth League, Prayer Meetings, Revivals #d192

Living Songs for the Sunday School, the Epworth League, Prayer Meetings, Revivals ... #d191

Service in Song #d189

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Songs of Evangelism #195

Songs of Salvation and Service. #d308

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Songs of Salvation and Service. Revised #116

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The Crowning Day #54

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The Golden Sheaf No. 2 #176

The New Evangel #d293

Triumphant Joy #d287

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Triumphant Songs No.3 #63

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Triumphant Songs No.5 #156

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