Work, for the Night is Coming

Work, for the night is coming; Work through the morning hours

Author: Mrs. Harry Coghill
Tune: [Work for the night is coming] (Mason)
Published in 1074 hymnals

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1 Work, for the night is coming,
Work thru the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling,
Work 'mid springing flow'rs.
Work when the day grows brighter,
Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man's work is done.

2 Work, for the night is coming,
Work thru the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor -
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give ev'ry flying minute
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.

3 Work, for the night is coming,
Under the sunset skies;
While their bright tints are glowing,
Work, for daylight flies.
Work till the last beam fadeth,
Fadeth to shine no more;
Work, while the night is dark'ning,
When man's work is o'er.

Source: The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #451

Author: Mrs. Harry Coghill

Coghill, Annie Louisa, née Walker, daughter of Robert Walker, was born at Kiddermore, Stafford­shire, in 1836, and married Harry Coghill in 1884. During a residence for some time in Canada several of her poetical pieces were printed in the Canadian newspapers. These were gathered together and published c. 1859 in her Leaves from the Backwoods. In addition to novels, plays for children, and magazine work, she edited the Autobiography and Letters of her cousin, Mrs. Oliphant, in 1898. Her popular hymn,"Work, for the night is coming," p. 317, ii., was written in Canada in 1854, and published in a Canadian newspaper, from which it passed, without any acknowledgement of the authorship, into Ira D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos. Authorized te… Go to person page >



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