Scripture Verse

Present yourself to God as…a workman. 2 Timothy 2:15

Introduction

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, 1869.

Music: W. How­ard Doane, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane
(1832–1915)

Origin of the Song

I sang [this song] for the first time in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Cor­nell at Long Branch. The ser­vants ga­thered from all parts of the house while I was sing­ing, and looked in­to the par­lor where I was seat­ed.

When I was through one of them said: That is the fin­est hymn I have heard for a long time; won’t you please sing it ov­er again? I felt that this was a test case, and that if the hymn had such pow­er ov­er those ser­vants it would be use­ful in reach­ing oth­er peo­ple as well; so I pub­lished it in “Gos­pel Hymns” in 1875, where it be­came one of the best work songs for our meet­ings that we had.

Sankey, pp. 289–90

Lyrics

To the work! To the work!
We are servants of God;
Let us follow the path
That our master has trod;
With the balm of His counsel
Our strength to renew,
Let us do with our might
What our hands find to do.

Refrain

Toiling on, toiling on,
Toiling on, toiling on,
Let us hope and trust,
Let us watch and pray,
And labor till the Master comes.

To the work! To the work!
Let the hungry be fed;
To the fountain of life
Let the weary be led;
In the cross and its banner
Our glory shall be,
While we herald the tidings,
Salvation is free!

Refrain

To the work! To the work!
There is labor for all;
For the kingdom of darkness
And error shall fall;
And the love of our Father
Exalted shall be,
In the loud swelling chorus,
Salvation is free!

Refrain

To the work! To the work!
In the strength of the Lord,
And a robe and a crown
Shall our labor reward,
When the home of the faithful
Our dwelling shall be,
And we shout with the ransomed,
Salvation is free!

Refrain