W.D. Longstaff

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 thy Lord.

And, looking to Jesus

Still trust in His Word.


Take time to be holy,

Be calm in thy soul,

Each thought and each temper

Beneath His control.

Thus led by His Spirit

To fountains of love,

Thou soon shalt be fitted

For service above.


Icon for the CC0 (Creative Commons Zero) license

To the extent possible under law, Various has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Hymns and Spiritual Songs, except where otherwise noted.