Song: Go, Work To-day in Songs of Love and Praise, No. 4

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Copyright 1883, by John J. Hood

Published in Songs of Love and Praise, No. 4 (Copyright 1897, by John J. Hood)

Vining, Pamela Sarah as Yule, Mrs. J. C.

Page 110
Format: Full words and music
Designation: 110
Verses: 3 verses

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Go, Work To-day, #110


Verse 1
Forth in the dawn-light cool, and sweet, and tender,
While yet the dew-drops tremble on the flowers,
Seeking for lab’rers, on doth meekly wander,
Calling, still calling, thro’ the quiet hours;–
“Go, work to-day, the flush of early morning
Brightens the east, and day is coming on;
Go in the freshness of the day’s adorning,
Sure shall your hire be at the set of sun!”

Verse 2
Forth while the sun rides higher still in heaven,
Forth while the noon-tide’s fervid radiance glows,
Forth while the shadows lengthen t’ward the even,
Calling for lab’rers, still the Master goes;–
“Go, work to-day!– oh, wherefore yet delaying,
Stand ye still idle as the hours glide on?
Go, for the morning waits not for your staying,
Sure shall your hire be at the set of sun!”

Verse 3
Lord, we have heard in our youth’s glad morning;
Lord, we still hear thee in our noon-day prime,–
Hear thee, and gladly, ease and pleasure scorning,
Gird us for service lowly yet sublime;–
Take us, ourselves to thee we now surrender,
Take us, and use us till the day is done,
Gather us then in thy embraces tender,
Such let our hire be at the set of sun!