Hymnary Friends,

Please pardon this brief interruption, and please consider a gift today to support the work of Hymnary.org. Here's why.

Each month half a million people visit this website for free access to the most complete database of North American hymnody on the planet. But this project does not come without a cost, and we have limited sources of revenue. Twice a year we hold a fund drive, and these drives are critical to our future.

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do.

Click the Donate button below to be taken to a secure giving site. Or you can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team, our thanks.
Harry Plantinga

Go, labor on your hands are weak

Go, labor on your hands are weak

Author: Horatius Bonar
Published in 11 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Go labor on; your hands are weak,
Your knees are faint, your soul cast down;
Yet falter not; the prize you seek
Is near,--a kingdom and a crown!

2 Go, labor on, while it is day;
The world's dark night is hastening on:
Speed, speed thy work,--cast sloth away!
For thus it is that souls are won.

3 Men die in darkness at your side,
Without a hope to cheer the tomb:
Take up the torch and wave it wide--
The torch that lights time's thickest gloom.

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.

Source: Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #431

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Go, labor on your hands are weak
Author: Horatius Bonar



Instances (1 - 11 of 11)
TextPage Scan

Book of Worship (Rev. ed.) #431

Page Scan

Missionary Services and Hymnal #86

Page Scan

Songs for the Service of Prayer #278

Temple Chimes #d72

Page Scan

The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book #409

Page Scan

The Reformed Church Hymnal #441

Page Scan

The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book #57d

The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d284

Worship in the School Room #d41

Page Scan

Worship in the School Room #386

Page Scan

Young Singer's Friend #a122

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us