Let your light shine before men.@Matthew 5:16
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George Cooper (1840–1927)

George Coo­per, 1870.

Ira D. San­key, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ira D. Sankey (1840–1908)

This, one of the most pop­u­lar hymns to which I have set mu­sic, was writ­ten by George Co­oper. I found it as a po­em in a per­i­od­ic­al in 1881, and im­me­di­ate­ly wrote the chor­us and com­posed the tune. It has been much used and great­ly blessed in Gos­pel meet­ings.

Sankey, p. 344

There are lonely hearts to cherish,
While the days are going by;
There are weary souls who perish,
While the days are going by;
If a smile we can renew,
As our journey we pursue,
Oh, the good we all may do,
While the days are going by.

Refrain

Going by (going by)
Going by (going by)
Going by (going by)
Going by (going by)
Oh, the good we all may do,
While the days are going by.

There’s no time for idle scorning,
While the days are going by;
Let your face be like the morning,
While the days are going by;
Oh, the world is full of sighs,
Full of sad and weeping eyes;
Help your fallen brother rise,
While the days are going by.

Refrain

All the loving links that bind us,
While the days are going by;
One by one we leave behind us,
While the days are going by;
But the seeds of good we sow,
Both in shade and shine will grow,
And will keep our hearts aglow,
While the days are going by.

Refrain