Scripture Verse

Let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7

Introduction

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Bryan W. Procter
(1787–1874)

Words: Bry­an W. Procter (1787–1874). Some hym­nals give the au­thor as Bar­ry Corn­wall, Proc­ter’s pseu­do­nym.

Music: Ball­win Dun­can C. M. Hume, in Hymns for El­e­men­ta­ry Schools (Lon­don: Grif­fith, Far­ran, Ok­e­den & Welsh: 1889), num­ber 39 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Hume (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Labor’s strong and merry children
Comrades of the rising sun;
Let us sing some songs together,
Now our toil is done.

No desponding, no repining,
Leisure must by toil be sought;
Never yet was good accomplished
Without toil or thought.

Even God’s all holy labor
Framed the sky, the stars, the sun,
Built our earth on deep foundations,
And the world was won.