Scripture Verse

As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4

Introduction

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William H. Burleigh
(1812–1871)

Words: Will­iam H. Bur­leigh, Po­ems 1871.

Music: Mel­combe Sam­u­el Webbe, Sr., 1782 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Samuel Webbe, Sr.
(1740–1816)

Lyrics

Abide not in the realm of dreams,
O man, however fair it seems;
But with clear eye the present scan,
And hear the call of God and man.

Think not in sleep to fold thy hands,
Forgetful of thy Lord’s commands;
From duty’s claims no life is free,
Behold, today hath need of thee.

The present hour allots thy task,
For present strength and patience ask;
And trust His love whose sure supply
Meets all thy need abundantly.