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Ye indolent and slothful! rise

Ye indolent and slothful! rise

Author: Samuel Martin
Published in 2 hymnals

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Ye indolent and slothful! rise,
View the ant’s labours, and be wise;
She has no guide to point her way,
No ruler chiding her delay:

Yet see with what incessant cares
She for the winter’s storm prepares;
In summer she provides her meat,
And harvest finds her store complete.

But when will slothful man rise?
How long shall sleep seal up his eyes?
Sloth more indulgence still demands;
Sloth shuts the eyes, and folds the hands.

But mark the end; want shall assail,
When all your strength and vigour fail;
Want, like an armed man, shall rush
The hoary head of age to crush.

Source: Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases #R12

Author: Samuel Martin

Martin, Samuel, D.D., son of John Martin, schoolmaster at Anstruther-Easter, Fife, was born at Anstruther, July 7, 1740. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, and, after being licensed to preach in 1762, became in 1768 parish minister of Balmaghie, Kirkcudbright, and in 1776 of Monimail, Fife. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of St. Andrews in 1798. He died at Monimail, Sep. 12, 1829. As a member of the Committee appointed by the General Assembly of 1775, to revise the Translations and Paraphrases of 1745, he contributed No. 12 to the 1781. [Rev. James Mearns] -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

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First Line: Ye indolent and slothful! rise
Author: Samuel Martin