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!"
|First Line:||Come, labor on|
|Title:||Come, Labor On|
|Author:||Jane Laurie Borthwick (1859, rev. 1863, alt.)|
|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...)|
|Composer:||Thomas Tertius Noble (1918)|
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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