Scripture Verse

Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler rover many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. Matthew 25:21

Introduction

Words: Mrs. A. M. Adams, in the Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Hymn and Tune Book (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Af­ri­can Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Book Con­cern, 1898), num­ber 730.

Music: Lee Charles A. White, of the Wil­ber­force Concert Com­pa­ny, 1898 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Ad­ams’ full name, or have a good pho­to of her or White that we could put on­line (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Softly sing our parting lay,
Volume four we close today;
Aspiration, courage, cheer,
All are found recorded here.
Lay this treasured book aside,
Other volumes open wide,
Rend we must our mutual bond,
Grasp alone the more beyond!

Grasping things to us now sealed,
Hidden truths will be revealed,
Myriad wonders meet our eyes,
Minds to higher levels rise.
We would lighten others’ cares,
Lift them heav’nward unawares;
Not for self alone would live,
Much received, would freely give.

Comrades, faint not, do not tire,
After nobler things aspire;
Ever onward, ne’er despond,
This our signal, More beyond.
Glorious race may each one run,
Priceless plaudits hear—Well done,
Lay then every burden down;
Welcome, victor, wear thy crown.