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What though my joys and comfort die?
The Lord my savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

(My Life Flows On In Endless Song)

Laboring and heavy laden

Representative Text

1 Laboring and heavy laden,
Wanting help in time of need,
Fainting by the way from hunger,
"Bread of life!" on Thee we feed.

2 Thirsting for the springs of waters
That, by love's eternal law,
From the stricken rock are flowing,
"Well of life!" from Thee we draw.

3 In the land of cloud and shadow,
Where no human eye can see,
Light to those who sit in darkness,
"Light of life!" we walk in Thee.

4 Thou the grace of life supplying,
Thou the crown of life wilt give;
Dead to sin, and daily dying,
"Life of life!" in Thee we live.

Source: The Lutheran Hymnary #516

Author: John S. B. Monsell

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (b. St. Colomb's, Londonderry, Ireland, 1811; d. Guilford, Surrey, England, 1875) was educated at Trinity College in Dublin and served as a chaplain and rector of several churches in Ireland after his ordination in 1835. Transferred to England in 1853, he became rector of Egham in Surrey and was rector of St. Nicholas Church in Guilford from 1870 until his death (caused by a construction accident at his church). A prolific poet, Monsell published his verse in eleven volumes. His three hundred hymns, many celebrating the seasons of the church year, were issued in collections such as Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems (1837), Spiritual Songs (1857), Hymns of Love and Praise (1863), and The Parish Hymnal (1873). Bert P… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Laboring and heavy laden, Wanting help in time of need
Title: Laboring and heavy laden
Author: John S. B. Monsell
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Language: English

Tune

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STUTTGART

STUTTGART was included in Psalmodia Sacra (1715), one of the most significant hymnals of the early sixteenth century [sic: eighteenth century]. Christian F. Witt (b. Altenburg, Germany, e. 1660; d. Altenburg, 1716) was an editor and compiler of that collection; about 100 (of the 774) tunes in that c…

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Glorious Things in Sacred Song for use in Sabbath Schools and Gospel Meetings #49

Hymn Service No.3 #d47

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #732

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #732

Hymns of the Millennial Dawn #ad141

Hymns of the Millennial Dawn, with Music #d141

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Luther League Hymnal #221

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Poems and Hymns of Dawn #146

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Songs of Redeeming Love (No. 2) #23

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The Church Hymnal #436

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The Church Hymnal #436

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The Hymnal #436

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The Lutheran Hymnary #516

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The New Laudes Domini #791

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The Woman's Hymnal #71

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