Why do you stand here idle all day?@Matthew 20:6

William J. Henry, in Truth in Song, edited by Barney E. Warren, Andrew L. Byers, Clarence E. Hunter, Daniel O. Teasley (Anderson, Indiana: Gospel Trumpet Company, 1907).

Boca Raton William J. Henry, 1907 (🔊 pdf nwc).

I cannot be idle, for Jesus says, Go
And work in My harvest today;
And then at the evening when labor is done,
Whatever is right I will pay.

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Then away to the work I will go
And join in the reaping of grain,
And back from the harvest with beautiful sheaves
I’ll come with rejoicing again.

I cannot be idle, the fields are so white,
And numberless sheaves will be lost;
They perish for want of more reapers to save—
How awful to think of the cost!

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I cannot be idle, soon time will be o’er,
And reaping be ended for aye;
I’ll gather the lost from the byways of sin
To walk in the beautiful way.

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I cannot be idle, no time for repose,
My resting shall be over there,
Where all of the faithful in Heaven above
A crown of bright glory shall wear.

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