Scripture Verse

Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Matthew 25:40


Nixon D. Waterman (1859–1944)

Words: Nix­on D. Wa­ter­man, in New Ho­san­nas, by John E. Tho­mas et al. (Fort Worth, Tex­as: Quar­tet Mu­sic, 1906), num­ber 29.

Music: Tho­mas M. Bow­dish (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Bow­dish (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


We shall do so much in the years to come,
But what have we done to­day?
We shall give our gold in a prince­ly sum,
But what did we give to­day?
We shall lift the heart, and dry the tear,
We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,
We shall speak the words of love and cheer,
But what did we speak to­day?

We shall be so kind in the af­ter-while,
But what have we been to­day?
We shall bring to each lone­ly life a smile,
But what have we brought to­day?
We shall give to truth a grand­er birth,
And to stead­fast faith a deep­er worth,
We shall feed the hun­ger­ing souls of earth,
But whom have we fed to­day?

We shall reap such joys in the by and by,
But what have we sown to­day?
We shall build us man­sions in the sky,
But what have we built to­day?
’Tis sweet in idle dreams to bask,
But here and now do we do our task?
Yes, this is the thing our souls must ask—
O, what have we done to­day?