Take the word and sow it well

Take the word and sow it well

Author: Edward A. Barnes
Tune: [Take the word and sow it well]
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 Take the word and sow it well
In the Master’s field,
Let your days be freely spent
‘Mid its precious yield;
Gladly reap what others sow,
As you pass along,
And amid your gospel work
Lift a prayer and song.

Work away, work away,
Gospel workers,
Work and pray,
In the vineyard of the Master,
Work, work and pray.

2 Go where all is dark today
Gospel light to shed,
And to all that hunger now
Take the living bread;
Tell the mission of his life,
And ‘tis sweetly told,
Bring the erring and the lost
To the Master’s fold. [Refrain]

3 Take and bear the gospel hope
Over land and wave,
Tell the glory of his name,
That alone can save;
Sow and reap with ready hand,
Work in faith and love,
Gather in the many sheaves
For the Lord above. [Refrain]

Source: Showers of Blessing #55

Author: Edward A. Barnes

Chicago writer of hymns, religious and romantic poetry, and temperance songs. Edward Albert Barnes was born January 24, 1842. Little is known about his personal history beyond his own accounts of his songwriting process, his relationship with two younger sisters, Lillie and Della, and his religious beliefs. Barnes was a life-long Chicagoan and devoted his time to the Christian church and to the American temperance movement. His career as a published writer began in 1865 and ended in 1893. Songs such as “Are You Coming to the Light?” and “Tent and Mansion” were distributed widely in hymnals and church programs, while his temperance songs were included in music books that circulated in local and national church communities. By h… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Take the word and sow it well
Author: Edward A. Barnes
Refrain First Line: Work away