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194. Last Night, My Lads

1 Last night, my lads, we toiled away,
Oh, so drearily, drearily;
But we weighed our anchor at break of day,
Oh, so cheerily, cheerily.

So keep up heart and courage, friends!
For home is just in sight;
And who will heed, when safely there,
The perils of the night?

2 Just so we toil through earth’s dark night,
Oh, so drearily, drearily;
Yet we trust to sail at dawn of light,
Oh, so cheerily, cheerily. [Refrain-

3 Though storm clouds come oft ere we land,
Oh, so readily, readily;
Still we trust as guides the Helmsman’s hand,
Oh, so steadily, steadily. [Refrain]

4 When we reach heaven’s shore ’twill be
Drear, no, nevermore, nevermore;
Not a toil nor care, but jubilee
Cheer, yes, evermore, evermore. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: Last night, my lads, we toiled away
Title: Last Night, My Lads
Author: Unknown
Author (st. 3-4): J. A. E. (2004)
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:17
Source: Timeless Truths (
Refrain First Line: So keep up heart and courage, friends!
Tune Information
Name: [Last night my lads, we toiled away]
Composer and Harmonizer: Joel A. Erickson (2003)
Key: c minor
Source: Timeless Truths (

MIDI file: Last_Night_My_Lads.mid