The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Go, Labor On; Spend, And Be Spent

For Advent

Words: Horatius Bonar, 1843

Music: Melcombe, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Hursley, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Maryton, MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Song 34,
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
St. Finian, Langollen
Meter: LM

1. Go, labor on: spend, and be spent,
Thy joy to do the Father's will:
It is the way the Master went;
Should not the servant tread it still?

2. Go, labor on! `tis not for naught
Thine earthly loss is heavenly gain;
Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not;
The Master praises: what are men?

3. Go, labor on! enough, while here,
If he shall praise thee, if he deign
The willing heart to mark and cheer:
No toil for him shall be in vain.

4. Go, labor on! your hands are weak,
Your knees are faint, your soul cast down,
Yet falter not; the prize you seek
Is near: a kingdom and a crown.

5. Go, labor on while it is day:
The world's dark night is hastening on;
Speed, speed thy work, cast sloth away;
It is not thus that souls are won.

6. Men die in darkness at your side,
Without a hope to cheer the tomb;
Take up the torch and wave it wide,
The torch that lights time's thickest gloom.

7. Toil on, faint not, keep watch and pray,
Be wise the erring soul to win;
Go forth into the world's highway,
Compel the wanderer to come in.

8. Toil on, and in thy toil rejoice!
For toil comes rest, for exile home;
Soon shalt thou hear the Bridegroom's voice,
The midnight peal, "Behold, I come!"

Sheet Music "Rivaulx" by John B. Dykes, 1866,  from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #315.

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