Scripture Verse

The Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work. Mark 13:34

Introduction

Words: A. A. A., in Gos­pel Hymns No. 3, ed­it­ed by Ira D. San­key, James Mc­Gra­na­han & George C. Steb­bins (New York; Cin­cin­nati, Ohio & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main and John Church, 1878), num­ber 64.

Music: James Mc­Gra­na­han (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor’s name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
James McGranahan
(1840–1907)

Lyrics

Our master has taken His journey
To a country that’s far away,
And has left us the care of the vineyard,
To work for Him day by day.

Refrain

There’s a work for me and a work for you,
Something for each of us now to do,
Yes, a work for me and a work for you,
Something for each of us now to do.

In this little while, doth it matter,
As we work, and we watch, and we wait;
If we’re filling the place He assigns us,
Be its service small or great.

Refrain

There’s only one thing should concern us,
To find just the task that is ours;
And then, having found it, to do it
With all of our God-giv’n powers.

Refrain

Our master is coming most surely,
To reckon with every one;
Shall we then count our toil or our sorrow,
If His sentence be, Well done?

Refrain