1 Now, the sowing, and the weeping,
Working hard, and waiting long;
Afterward, the golden reaping,
Harvest-home and grateful song.
2 Now, the pruning, sharp, unsparing,
Scattered blossoms, bleeding shoot;
Afterward, the plenteous bearing
Of the Master’s pleasant fruit.
3 Now, the long and toilsome duty,
Stone by stone to carve and bring;
Afterward, the perfect beauty
Of the palace of the King.
4 Now, the spirit conflict-riven,
Wounded heart, unequal strife;
Afterward, the triumph given,
And the victor’s crown of life.
5 Now, the training strange and lowly,
Unexplained and tedious now;
Afterward, the service holy,
And the Master’s ‘Enter Thou.’
Source: Northfield Hymnal No. 2 #263