Quote: Only One Life, Twill Soon Be Past – Poem by C.T Studd

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Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”

— extra stanza —

Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”
C.T Studd

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48 thoughts on “Quote: Only One Life, Twill Soon Be Past – Poem by C.T Studd”

  1. Hey! Thanks for the comments! Those words “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last” have been sticking with me for quite some time after I read a book from John Piper called “don’t waste your life”!
    See you on Sunday, looking forward!

  2. Hello! I actually searched a bit, and it seems that there are to claims to authorship…some claim it is C.T Studd that wrote it, but others refer to “P.H Harding” as having written it before…

  3. As a child, my mother quoted those 2 lines to me frequently. I never knew it was part of an entire poem until just now.

  4. The resounding words, “only what’s done for Christ will last” calls for reflection on our own lives. Not so much for the accomplishments, but more importantly, the motivations of our actions. I hope will all can count a few things in our lives that have given glory to God. I hope I never stop looking for the next opportunity.

    1. Hey Richard! Thx for your comment! I agree, the motivations are very important. And hopefully by the end of our lives, there will be more than just a few things that have given glory to God…our whole lives can give glory to Him! Be blessed!

  5. Aloha, I love this poem, because it reminds me to stay focused on what is really important in my life and that is Jesus Christ, If all I do is not for Him that I am wasting my life. My college and career class Sunday school are going through the DWYL Bible Study!! We love it and I would to share this poem with them. Blessing to you!

    1. Hello Maria! Thanks for your comment, I didn’t know that John Piper had made a Bible study called don’t waste your life… Great that you can share the poem with more people! Be blessed!

  6. I love this poem. I’m reading Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, and decided to look for it on the web and it leaded me to this site. This last couple of days there have been some dramatic changes in my heart so I’m very happy I got to read the whole poem, it encourages me to focus on what truly is imporant. Thanks for having the whole posting the complete poem!

    1. I was watching a sermon from John Piper on Youtube and he mentioned the phrase ‘Only one life to live, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.’ And I googled it and found the entire poem here. Thanks for posting this! This is one awesome poem that really puts life in perspective. To my brothers and sisters in Christ, love you, stay strong and my prayers are with you all 🙂

  7. Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. Had this hanging on a plack in my house while my children were growing up. The plack is gone but I still hear the words ringing in my soul. I didn’t know the artist or the rest of the poem until now. Thanks for sharing.

  8. My mother gave me a plaque with this refrain printed on it and it was hung on my bedroom wall at age 17. Now I’m 70 and still think of it even though I can’t find it anywhere. What is special to me is that I know I haven’t done near enough for Christ, but there is still time left to focus on Him and others rather than myself and materialism. Until just now, I had now idea that is was part of a poem with such a great message.

    1. Hello Clinton!

      Thank you for you comment. Wow! So special that this quote has been with you for so long! I’m not sure anyone will ever have the feeling of doing “enough” for Christ, but like you say, it’s never too late to give it all, and redeem the time!
      Be richly blessed in Christ!

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  10. When I was 36 someone told me how C.T.gave up the chance to captain England at cricket to be a missionary. I could not believe it but shortly after became a follower of Jesus.The poem is stimulating and I am sure will spur people on as it has me.I recommend his biography’Cricketer and Pioneer.’

  11. Don’t know if this is a lost stanza but I have had it in a list of compiled sayings for years.

    “Only one life, Twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last; And when I am dying how happy I’ll be, if the lamp of my life is burned out for thee.”

    1. Hello Sue! That’s interesting…not sure if that was part of the original poem, but it does sound like it could be a stanza… I will add it to the poem as an additional part…thanks for the comment

  12. I am 62 & more in love with the Lord than ever, constantly looking for opportunities to grow closer to Him, to point others to Him by the way I live & to become more like Him. Whew! Some days I fall terribly short of those goals. I heard this poem, or portions of it many, many years ago. Recently, the repeated line, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last” has been echoing in my mind, prompted, I’m sure, by the Holy Spirit. It has almost become an internal rhythm, much like the beat of a marching band. It has kept me going during some very trying times. It brings me great joy & a deep sense of purpose. I can think of no better / no other reason, really, to live out each day. Praise be to our amazing, marvelous Savior! May all of us who are His namesakes, “Christians”, so live that others will look at our lives & say, “If that’s what being a Christian is all about, sign me up!” Thanks for sharing this great poem, Paul. Blessings to you as you embark on a New Year!

    1. Hello Sally, thanks for your comment and for sharing with us! It is great to hear about your passion for God, and that He is prompting you to walk closer to Him every day! May you also be blessed in this new year to come!

  13. I have the famous 2 lines in an old manuscript, framed & hanging by the front door.I found it in a antique shop years ago. Never knew it was from a poem, thank you for posting it. I’d say it’s more relevant today than ever before. Too much tyranny of the urgent & neglect of the Eternal these days…

    1. Hello Heather,

      Thank you for your comment, I agree with you that this sentence needs to resonate in the new generations that are coming up…Let’s do all we can to fix people eyes on eternity! Blessings to you and you family!

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