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Pressing on

This is the day of toil

Author: Horatius Bonar
Tune: [This is the day of toil] (Stebbins)
Published in 24 hymnals

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1. This is the day of toil
Beneath earth's sultry noon;
This is the day of service true,
But resting cometh soon.

2. Spend and be spent would we,
While lasteth time's brief day;
No turning back in coward fear,
No ling'ring by the way.

3. Onward we press in haste,
Upward our journey still;
Ours is the path the Master trod
Thro' good report and ill.

4. The way may rougher grow,
The weariness increase,
We gird our loins and hasten on,
The end, the end is peace.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #755

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: This is the day of toil
Title: Pressing on
Author: Horatius Bonar
Refrain First Line: Hallelujah, there remains a rest

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #6644
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