Scripture Verse

The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few. Luke 10:2


Christopher R. Blackall (1830–1924)

Words: Chris­to­pher R. Black­all, in Songs of De­vo­tion for Chris­tian As­so­cia­tions, ed­it­ed by How­ard Doane (New York: Big­low & Main, 1870).

Music: W. How­ard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

W. Howard Doane (1832–1915)


In the har­vest field there is work to do,
For the grain is ripe, and the reap­ers few;
And the Mas­ter’s voice bids the work­ers true
Heed the call that He gives to­day.


Labor on, la­bor on,
Keep the bright re­ward in view,
For the Mas­ter has said
He will strength re­new;
Labor on till the close of day.

Crowd the gar­ner well with its sheaves all bright,
Let the song be glad, and the heart be light,
Fill the pre­cious hours ere the shades of night
Take the place of the gold­en day.


In the glean­er’s path may be rich re­ward,
Tho’ the time seems long, and the la­bor hard;
For the Mas­ter’s joy, with His chos­en shared,
Drives the gloom from the dark­est day.


Lo! the Har­vest Home in the realms above
Shall be gained by each who has toiled and strove,
When the Mas­ter’s voice, in His words of love,
Calls away to eter­nal day.