Scripture Verse

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16

Introduction

Words: Mag­gie Met­calf, in Good­ly Pearls, ed­it­ed by John R. Swe­ney & John Hood (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1875), num­ber 70.

Music: Will­iam J. Kirk­pat­rick (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Met­calf (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William J. Kirkpatrick
(1838–1921)

Lyrics

How should we spend our time?
In folly and in sin?
Nay, rather let us seek while here
Some souls for Christ to win.

Refrain

Then, up and be doing,
Go, work while you may;
Life swiftly is fleeting,
Why longer delay?
Press onward to battle,
Be strong in the Lord;
He’ll bear you up bravely,
Go, trusting His Word.

How should we spend our time?
In heaping worldly gains?
Oh, no, we’ll lay our treasure up
In Heav’n, where Jesus reigns.

Refrain

How should we spend our time?
To gain th’applause of man?
No, no, we’ll work, and always seek
To praise the great I AM.

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Then let us treasure time,
And live in doing good,
Remembering that to God we owe
Our lasting gratitude.

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