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Work while it is to-day

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1 Work while it is today!
This was our Saviour’s rule;
With willing minds let us obey,
As learners in His school.

2 Lord, Christ, we humbly ask
Of Thee the power and will,
With fear and meekness, every task,
Of duty to fulfill.

3 At home, by word and deed,
Adorn redeeming grace;
And sow abroad the precious seed
Of truth in every place:—

4 That thus the wilderness
May blossom like the rose,
And trees spring up of righteousness,
Where’er life’s river flows.

5 For thee our all to spend,
Still may we watch and pray,
And, persevering to the end,
Work while it is today.

Source: Gloria Deo: a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public Worship in all Departments of the Church #436

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

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First Line: Work while it is to-day
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Selection of Spiritual Songs #779

Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs with Music for the Church and the Choir #d1046

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Gloria Deo #436

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Hosanna for the Sunday School #43

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #74

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #199

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Laudes Domini #901

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Laudes Domini #476

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #1346

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Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs #935

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #156

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Songs for the Service of Prayer #285

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The Calvary Selection of Spiritual Songs #403

The Church Hymnal #347

The Church of God Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Church and Choir #d1042

The Friends' Hymnal #d709

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The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #a436

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The Liturgy and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum #98

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The Liturgy and the Offices of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #1346

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The New England Sabbath School Minstrel #86

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The New Laudes Domini #960

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