Scripture Verse

For thy work shall be rewarded.@Jeremiah 31:16

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
(1856–1932)

Words: Fan­ny Cros­by, in Young Peo­ple’s Songs of Praise, by Ira D. San­key (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Big­low & Main, 1902), num­ber 21.

Music: Lin­der­hof Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Fanny Crosby
(1820–1915)

Lyrics

Work, watch and pray,
The passing hour improving;
Life’s ebbing sand
Perchance will soon be run;
Work, watch and pray,
And may each golden moment
Tell of some good
Our willing hands have done.

Refrain

Work, watch and pray,
The Lord Himself commandeth;
Look unto Him
From whom all blessings flow;
And if we fail
In wisdom, grace or knowledge,
Still look to Him
Who doth our weakness know.

Work, watch and pray,
And let our zeal be fervent;
We may not know
The bliss for us in store;
Then labor on,
While yet the sunshine lingers;
Night comes apace
When we can work no more.

Refrain

Work, watch and pray,
And never be discouraged,
Tho’ for a while
Our toil may seem in vain;
Yet we shall see
The little cloud arising—
God in His love
Will send the promised rain.

Refrain