“Only Remembered”


"Up and away like the dews of the morning, Soaring from earth to its home in the sun, Thus would I pass from the earth and its toiling, Only remembered for what I have done." An exhortation to good works, with a promise of reward for those who do them


Although this song has been fairly popular with folk revival singers, it bears noting that it does not conform with the theology of any major branch of Christianity. Catholics and Orthodox believe in the salvific power of the church, as do (for the most part) Anglicans. Lutherans believe in justification by faith alone; the Reformed churches (e.g. Presbyterians) believe in predestination to grace.

Indeed, as it says in Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you are being saved through faith... not because of works, lest someone should boast...." - RBW


  1. Randolph 627, "Only Remembered" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #7557
  4. BI, R627


Author: Words: Dr. H. Bonar/Music: W. W. Bentley
Earliest date: 1927 (Randolph)
Keywords: religious nonballad
Found in: US(So)