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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

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

Text Information

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



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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


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, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #d709

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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 Office 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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