Go, labor on: spend and be spentAuthor: Horatius Bonar (1843)
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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 heav'nly 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
thy willing heart to mark and cheer;
no toil for Him shall be in vain.
4 Go, labor on while it is day;
the world's dark night is hast'ning on.
Speed, speed thy work, cast sloth away;
It is not thus that souls are won.
5 Toil on, faint not, keep watch and pray;
be wise the erring soul to win;
go forth into the world's highway,
compel the wand'rer to come in.
6 Toil on, and in thy toil rejoice;
for toil comes rest, for exile home;
soon shall you hear the Bridegroom's voice,
the midnight cry, "Behold, I come."
Source: Hymns to the Living God #300
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|Author:||Horatius Bonar (1843)|
Go, labour on, spend and be spent. H. Bonar. [Missions.] "Written in 1843, and printed at Kelso in a small booklet of three or four hymns." In 1843 it was included in Dr. Bonar's Songs for the Wilderness, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Labour for Christ." In 1857 it was repeated in his Hymns of Faith & Hope, 1st series, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Useful Life," from Daniel, iii. p. 128. Previous to this, however, it had been brought into common use through the Leeds Hymn Book1853, No. 604. In the Supplement to the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1869, No. 1157, it is divided into two parts, Pt. ii. being stanzas v.-viii., "Go, labour on while it is day." This arrangement is also found in other collections, sometimes as, "Go, labour on while yet His day." This second part is in somewhat extensive use in America as a separate hymn. In the American Sahbath Hymn Book, 1858, No. 879, stanzas iv., vi.-viii. are given as, "Go, labour on; your hands are weak”; and, in Holy Song, 1869, No. 535, stanzas i., ii., vii., and viii., very much altered, as, "Go forth to toil; to spend, be spent." This last arrangement is too wretched to be associated with Dr. Bonar's name.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 7 of 7)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #563||Go Labor On||Go labor on. spend and be spent||DEUS TUORUM MILITUM||Horatius Bonar, 1808-89||LM||1993||Evangelism ||
|Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #794||Go, labour on, spend, and be spent||Go, labour on, spend, and be spent||WILDERNESS||Horatius Bonar||1983|
|Hymns to the Living God #300||Go, Labor On||Go, labor on; spend, and be spent||SONG 34||Horatius Bonar||LM||2017||Commission ||
|Small Church Music #3432||Angel's Song (Song 34)||Go, labour on!||ANGEL'S SONG (SONG 34)||Horatius Bonar||22.214.171.124|
|The Baptist Hymnal: for use in the church and home #467||Go, labor on; spend and be spent||Horatius Bonar||2012|
|The Cyber Hymnal #1937||Go, Labor On: Spend, and Be Spent||Go, labor on: spend, and be spent||PENTECOST||Horatius Bonar||LM||<cite>Songs for the Wilderness</cite>, 1843|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #584||Go, Labor On||Go, labor on||PENTECOST||Horatius Bonar||L.M.||John 9:4; Galatians 6:9||1990||The Christian Life | Christian Service; Christ | Bridegroom; Christ | Example of; Ministry | Ordinations|