O What Shall Your Influence Be


O! what shall your influence be?
Will it elevate, strengthen and bless?
Shall each one who meets you discover
A friend in this world’s wilderness?
Will the weak be inspir’d by your presence?
Will the weary be strong with your aid?
Will you rescue the tempted and fallen,
Who aside from the straight paths have stray’d?
Will you rescue the tempted and fallen,
Who aside from the straight paths have stray’d?

Will you work with unwav’ring purpose
At the duties that fall to your lot,
Doing earnestly, faithfully, nobly?
Your actions will not be forgot.
Will you reap in life’s vineyard much fruitage,
And bear not a burden of leaves?
But when you are done with the sowing,
Will you carry home bountiful sheaves?
But when you are done with the sowing,
Will you carry home bountiful sheaves?

Or will you be aimless and slothful,
Nor care for the ones by the way,
Only thinking of self and not reck’ning,
If many around you should stray?
Not off’ring a word, kindly spoken,
To those who are nearest to you;
O! the grain is so ripe for the harvest,
And the lab’rers indeed are so few.
O! the grain is so ripe for the harvest,
And the lab’rers indeed are so few.

Let each one but help some weak brother,
We need not go far to do good,
But with willing hands help one another,
We all might do much if we would;
And the Father will lend us assistance
And guidance the whole journey through;
So bravely and cheerfully ever
The duties of life we’ll pursue.
So bravely and cheerfully ever
The duties of life we’ll pursue.