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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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.