Scripture Verse

She…gleaned in the field after the reapers. Ruth 2:3

Introduction

Words: Ju­lia C. El­well, in Roy­al Praise, by James Mur­ray (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1888), num­ber 41.

Music: James R. Mur­ray (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

portrait
James R. Murray
(1841–1905)

Lyrics

We’re a little gleaner’s band,
Toiling day by day;
Gathering for a heathen land
Pennies by the way.
Gleaners in the mission field,
Like the faithful Ruth;
To temptation will not yield,
Always speak the truth.

Busy boys and girls may we
Toil for Afric wild;
Interested we should be
In each heathen child.
Tell them gods of wood and stone
Nothing good can give;
Tell them Jesus Christ alone
Can their sins forgive.

Teach them how to praise and love,
Worship and obey,
Christ, the Lord, who reigns above—
He’s the truth, the way.
We’re a little gleaner’s band,
Toiling day by day;
Gathering for a heathen land
Pennies by the way.