Scripture Verse

Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest. Hebrews 4:11


Robert Lowry

Words: Sid­ney Dy­er, in Fresh Lau­rels, by Will­iam B. Brad­bu­ry (New York: Big­low & Main, 1867), num­ber 5. Note: The orig­in­al ver­sion gives line 3 of the first stan­za as I long to rest for la­bor. This was cor­rected in lat­er ed­i­tions.

Music: Ro­bert Low­ry (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


When faint and weary toiling,
The sweat-drops on my brow,
I long to rest from labor,
To drop the burden now—
There comes a gentle chiding,
To quell each mourning sigh:
Work while the day is shining,
There’s resting by and by.


Resting by and by,
There’s resting by and by;
We shall not always labor,
We shall not always cry;
The end is drawing nearer,
The end for which we sigh;
We’ll lay our heavy burdens down,
There’s resting by and by.

This life to toil is given,
And he improves it best
Who seeks by patient labor
To enter into rest;
Then pilgrim, worn and weary,
Press on, the goal is nigh;
The prize is straight before thee,
There’s resting by and by.


Nor ask when overburdened,
You long for friendly aid,
Why idle stands my brother,
No yoke upon him laid?

The Master bids him tarry;
And dare you ask Him why?
Go labor in My vineyard,
There’s resting by and by.


Wan reaper in the harvest,
Let this thy strength sustain,
Each sheaf that fills the garner
Brings you eternal gain;
Then bear the cross with patience,
To fields of duty hie;
’Tis sweet to work for Jesus—
There’s resting by and by.