Hymn for Lent (Day 25): Come, labor on

From the Gospel appointed for today’s commemoration of James Theodore Holly.

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.”

Come, labor on.
The enemy is watching night and day,
to sow the tares, to snatch the seed away;
while we in sleep our duty have forgot,
he slumbers not.

Come, labor on.
Away with gloomy doubts and faithless fear!
No arm so weak but may do service here:
by feeblest agents may our God fulfill
his righteous will.

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

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:
“Servants, well done.”

Words: Jane L. Borthwick (1859, 1863)

Strangely, I could only find one video of this hymn — and this one’s just the tune (admittedly, getting the royal treatment).

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2 Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    One of my faves!

  2. Scott Gunn says:

    Kevin, me too. That’s why I was so surprised that I couldn’t find a video of a congregation or choir singing their hearts out with this text.