719. Come, Labor On

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1 Come, labor on.
Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain
while all around us waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say,
"Go work today."

2 Come, labor on.
Claim the high calling angels cannot share;
to young and old the gospel gladness bear.
Redeem the time; its hours too swiftly fly.
The night draws nigh.

3 Come, labor on.
Cast off all gloomy doubt and faithless fear!
No arm so weak but may do service here.
Though feeble agents, may we all fulfill
God's righteous will.

4 Come, labor on.
No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
till the long shadows o'er our pathway lie,
and a glad sound comes with the setting sun,
"Well done, well done!"

Text Information
First Line: Come, labor on
Title: Come, Labor On
Author: Jane Laurie Borthwick (1859, rev. 1863, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Matthew 9:37-38; Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 10:2; John 4:34-38; John 9:4; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 5:16
Topic: Discipleship and Mission; Faith; Harvest (2 more...)
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Composer: Thomas Tertius Noble (1918)
Key: A♭ Major

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Using Jesus’ harvest imagery in John 4:35–38 and Matthew 9:37–38/Luke 10:2, this urgent text sounds a compelling call to Christian service. The words gain energy from the strong unison tune in the English cathedral style, whose name echoes the Benedictine motto “Prayer is work.”

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