Why stand ye here all the day idle?@Matthew 20:6

Harriet B. McKeever, in Joy to the World, edited by Tullius C. O’Kane, John Sweney & Charles C. McCabe (Cincinnati, Ohio: Hitchcock & Walden, 1878), number 85.

John R. Sweney (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John R. Sweney (1837-1899)

In a world so full of weeping,
While the years are rolling on,
Christian souls the watch are keeping,
While the years are rolling on.
While our journey we pursue,
With the haven still in view,
There is work for us to do,
While the years are rolling on.

Refrain

Are rolling on, are rolling on,
Are rolling on, are rolling on,
Oh, the good we may be doing,
While the years are rolling on.

There’s no time to waste in sighing,
While the years are rolling on;
Time is flying, souls are dying,
While the years are rolling on.
Loving words a soul may win
From the wretched paths of sin;
We may bring the wanderers in,
While the years are rolling on.

Refrain

Let us strengthen one another,
While the years are rolling on;
Seek to raise a fallen brother,
While the years are rolling on.
This is work for every hand,
Till, throughout creation’s land,
Armies for the Lord shall stand,
While the years are rolling on.

Refrain

Friends we love are quickly flying,
While the years are rolling on;
No more parting, no more dying,
While the years are rolling on.
In the world beyond the tomb
Sorrow nevermore can come,
When we meet in that blest home,
While the years are rolling on.

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