1 To the blessed work before us,
Let us rally once again,
Rally with a joyful chorus,
With a hopeful, glad refrain!
For the Master still is near us;
Let us labor at His side;
He will help us, he will cheer us,
And our willing footsteps guide.
The Master’s call is sounding, “come!”
In our happy Sabbath Home.
2 Precious seed must we be sowing,
As the months shall glide away;
We must watch the harvest growing
For the wondrous reaping day.
In our hearts we’ll store the treasure
Of the holy Words of Truth,
And with overflowing measure,
Scatter blessing in our youth. [Refrain]
3 ‘Tis a blessed work before us,
‘Twill ennoble every hour;
Love’s bright banner floating o’er us,
Christ, our never-failing power.
Holy Spirit, lead us ever,
In this service of delight,
Till we all, “beyond the river,”
In the harvest song unite. [Refrain]
Pseudonym: Lidie H. Edmunds.
Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union and become Superintendent of the primary department of Calvin Presbyterian Church.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (… Go to person page >