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Only One Life

By C.T. Studd


      Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life's busy way;
      Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart;
      Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

      Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
      Then, in 'that day' my Lord to meet, And stand before His Judgment seat;
      Only one life,' twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

      Only one life, the still small voice, Gently pleads for a better choice
      Bidding me selfish aims to leave, And to God's holy will to cleave;
      Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

      Only one life, a few brief years, Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
      Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
      Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

      When this bright world would tempt me sore, When Satan would a victory score;
      When self would seek to have its way, Then help me Lord with joy to say;
      Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

      Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
      Faithful and true what e'er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
      Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

      Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn;
      Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
      Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

      Only one life, yes only one, Now let me say, 'Thy will be done';
      And when at last I'll hear the call, I know I'll say 'twas worth it all';
      Only one life,' twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.

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