Scripture Verse

[We] labor, working with our own hands. 1 Corinthians 4:12


Words: Mil­ton S. Lit­tle­field, 1916.

Music: Brook­field Tho­mas B. South­gate, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


O Son of Man, Thou madest known,
Through quiet work in shop and home,
The sacredness of common things,
The chance of life that each day brings.

O workman true, may we fulfill
In daily life Thy Father’s will;
In duty’s call, Thy call we hear
To fuller life, through work sincere.

Thou master workman, grant us grace
The challenge of our tasks to face;
By loyal scorn of second best,
By effort true, to meet each test.

And thus we pray in deed and word,
Thy kingdom come on earth, O Lord;
In work that gives effect to prayer,
Thy purpose for Thy world we share.