Scripture Verse

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 4

Introduction

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Emma L. Ashford
1850–1930

Words: Maude L. Ray (verses 1–2) (Har­per’s Month­ly Ma­ga­zine, New York & Lon­don: Har­per & Bro­thers, vol­ume 104, Jan­ua­ry 1902), page 310 & F. H. Pick­up (or S. H. Pick­up), verse 3, 1913.

Music: Em­ma L. Ash­ford, 1903 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Pick­up’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him or Ray (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Lyrics

To love some­one more dear­ly ev­ery day,
To help a wan­der­ing child to find his way,
To pon­der o’er a no­ble thought and pray,
And smile when ev­en­ing falls,
And smile when ev­en­ing falls:
This is my task.

To fol­low truth as blind men long for light,
To do my best from dawn of day till night,
To keep my heart fit for His ho­ly sight,
And an­swer when He calls,
And an­swer when He calls:
This is my task.

And then my Sav­ior by and by to meet,
When faith hath made her task on earth com­plete,
And lay my hom­age at the Mas­ter’s feet,
Within the jas­per walls,
Within the jas­per walls:
This crowns my task.