Take Time to be Holy

This hymn about holiness was written by British evangelist and hymn-writer William Dunn Longstaff (1822-1894). It was first published in 1882.

With meter of 65 65 D, it has almost always been published set to the tune HOLINESS (sometimes called LONGSTAFF) by George C Stebbins (1890).  However it has also been set to
  • an un-named tune by P P Bilhorn 9in 1989)
  • an un-named, anonymous tune in 1901
  • SLANE - a traditional Irish tune.
and likely many others.



Downloads




Examples


Large professional choir with organ, tune SLANE:



Singer country-style with vocal harmonizer, self-accompanied on guitar, tune HOLINESS / LONGSTAFF:



Large adult choir, unaccompanied, HOLINESS / LONGSTAFF



Instrumental - piano. Tune HOLINESS / LONGSTAFF


Lyrics

Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in him always,
And feed on his word.
Make friends of God's children,
Help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing
His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy,
The world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret
With Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus,
Like him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct
His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy,
Let him be thy guide,
And run not before him,
Whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow,
Still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus,
Still trust in his word.

Take time to be holy,
Be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive
Beneath his control.
Thus led by his spirit
To fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted
For service above.


Modern English

Take time to be holy,
Speak oft with the Lord;
Abide in him always,
And feed on his word.
Make friends of God's children,
Help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing
His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy,
The world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret
With Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus,
Like him you shall be;
Your friends in your conduct
His likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy,
Let him be your guide,
And run not before him,
Whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow,
Still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus,
Still trust in his word.

Take time to be holy,
Be calm in your soul,
Each thought and each motive
Beneath his control.
Thus led by his spirit
To fountains of love,
You soon shall be fitted
For service above.



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