Scripture Verse

The one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the Word and understands it. He produces a crop. Matthew 13:23

Introduction

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Johnson Oatman, Jr.
(1856–1922)

Words: John­son Oat­man, Jr., in Songs of Love and Praise No. 5, by John Swe­ney, J. How­ard Ent­wisle & Frank M. Da­vis (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: John J. Hood, 1898).

Music: John R. Swe­ney (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you have ac­cess to a bet­ter pho­to of Oat­man, would you ?

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John R. Sweney
(1837–1899)

Lyrics

Do your best while life’s pilgrim way you tread,
Scattering sunshine while you may;
Bear in mind, while the precious seed you spread,
Only once you pass this way.

Refrain

Only once you pass this way,
Only once you pass this way;
Be a blessing while you may,
Only once you pass this way.

Ev’ry day poor and needy you will find,
Filled with sorrow and dismay;
Do your best some poor, broken hearts to bind,
Only once you pass this way.

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Tell the world that the Savior died for all,
Bid them ever watch and pray;
Lift your voice, shout aloud the Gospel call,
Only once you pass this way.

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Be a brave, earnest soldier in the strife,
Then when comes the close of day,
May the world be the better for your life,
Only once you pass this way.

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