Scripture Verse

…remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father. 1 Thessalonians 1:3


Lydia H. Sigourney (1791–1865)

Words: Ly­dia H. Si­gour­ney, in Se­lect Hymns, ed­it­ed by James H. Lins­ley & Gus­tav­us F. Da­vis, 1836.

Music: Leigh­ton (Great­or­ex) Hen­ry W. Great­or­ex, 1849 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Great­or­ex (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Laborers of Christ, arise,
And gird you for the toil;
The dew of pro­mise from the skies
Already cheers the soil.

Go—where the sick re­cline,
Where mourn­ing hearts de­plore,
And where the sons of pe­nu­ry pine,
Dispense your hal­lowed lore.

Urge with a ten­der zeal
The err­ing child along
Where peace­ful con­gre­ga­tions kneel,
And pi­ous teach­ers throng.

By faith, which looks above,
With pray­er, your con­stant guest;
And wrap the Sav­ior’s change­less love
A man­tle round your breast.

So shall you share the wealth
That earth may ne’er de­spoil,
And the blest Gos­pel’s sav­ing health
Repay your ar­duous toil.