1 Labor in the harvest field,
Bringing in the golden yield,
Christ will ever safely shield,
When foes are near.
He will keep you pure and true,
Day by day your strength renew,
Helping you your task to do,
With words of cheer.
Smile and sing, willingly, for the King,
Always working within the sunshine of His smile;
Work and pray, faithfully, day by day,
Finding joy in the Master’s service all the while
2 Try to please Him ev’ry day,
Whether life be sad or gay,
Then from Him you’ll never stray
But safe abide.
He will make the shadows flee,
Fill your heart with songs of glee;
Close beside you He will be,
Whate’er betide. [Refrain]
3 All your cares on Jesus cast,
To His promise holding fast,
Till His glory bright at last
We all shall share.
‘Neath His wings we rest secure,
Trusting in His promise sure,
All the faithful who endure
Shall praise Him there. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: James S. Apple.
James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >