1. If you cannot on the ocean
Sail among the swiftest fleet,
Rocking on the highest billows,
Laughing at the storms you meet;
You can stand among the sailors,
Anchor'd yet within the bay,
You can lend a hand to help them,
As they launch their boats away,
As they launch their boats away.
2. If you are too weak to journey
Up the mountain, steep and high,
You can stand within the valley,
While the multitudes go by;
You can chant in happy measure,
As they slowly pass along;
Tho' they may forget the singer,
They will not forget the song,
They will not forget the song.
3. If you have not gold and silver
Ever ready at command;
If you cannot to the needy
Reach an ever open hand;
You can visit the afflicted,
O'er the erring you can weep;
You can be a true disciple,
Sitting at the Savior's feet,
Sitting at the Savior's feet.
4. There's a field already open,
You may lend a helping hand,
Working in the cause of temperance
For the rescue of our land.
You can help us try to banish
Evermore the cursed bowl,
You may gain a crown of glory.
If you save a human soul.
5. Do not then stand idly waiting
For some greater work to do;
Oh, improve each passing moment,
For your moments may be few.
Go and toil in any vineyard,
Do not fear to do and dare,
If you want a field of labor,
You can find it anywhere.
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