Would you gain the best in life (Joseph Barnby)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-19)  CPDL #52175:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-11-19).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP. Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Would you gain the best in life
Composer: Joseph Barnby
Lyricist: Christopher Ruby Blackall

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 777. 5. D

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1897 in Hymn Tunes, no. 108, p. 60

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Original text and translations

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1  Would you gain the best in life?
Win the prize ‘mid all the strife?
Hold your place thro’ troubles rife?
With the right keep step!
Know the world is watching you;
Be sincere in all you do;
With the good, the pure, and true,
Ever firm keep step!

2  Life is more than idle play;
It will quickly pass away;
Use aright each golden day;
With the good keep step!
There are earnest pressing needs,
Filled alone by purest deeds;
Happy he the call who heeds—
With the true keep step!

3  Look beyond the present hour;
Never yield to Satan’s power;
Tho’ above the clouds may lower,
With the truth keep step!
Onward press! nor, on the way,
Loiter once or waste the day;
God and truth and right all say,
Strong in faith, keep step!