428. Go, Labor On; Spend, and Be Spent

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;
Thy earthly loss is heavenly gain:
Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not;
The Master praises: what are men?

3 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.

4 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.


Text Information
First Line: Go, labor on; spend, and be spent
Title: Go, Labor On; Spend, and Be Spent
Author: Horatius Bonar, 1808-1889
Language: English
Publication Date: 2006
Topic: Admonition; Missions: General; Soul Winning
Notes: Alternate tunes: MISSIONARY CHANT No. 434; DUKE STREET, No. 404
Tune Information
Composer: William Boyd, 1847-1928
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: © Novello & Co., Ltd.
Notes: Now Public Domain; This tune in a lower key No. 418

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