Scripture Verse

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

Introduction

Words: 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 Pub­lish­ing, 1907).

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

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Lyrics

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.

Refrain

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!

Refrain

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.

Refrain

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.

Refrain