Scripture Verse

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


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).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hen­ry (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


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.


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!


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.


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.