Scripture Verse

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet. Ecclesiastes 5:12


Words: God­frey Thring, 1863. First pub­lished his Hymns Con­gre­ga­tion­al and Others, 1866.

Music: Voll­er Wun­der Jo­hann G. Ebe­ling, 1666 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Thring or Ebe­ling (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Work is sweet, for God has blest
Honest work with quiet rest,
Rest below and rest above
In the mansions of His love,
When the work of life is done,
When the battle’s fought and won.

Work ye, then, while yet ’tis day,
Work ye Christians, while ye may,
Work for all that’s great and good,
Working for your daily food.
Working whilst the golden hours,
Health, and strength, and youth are yours.

Working not alone for gold,
Not the work that’s bought and sold,
Not the work that worketh strife,
But the working of a life
Careless both of good or ill,
If ye can but do His will.

Working ere the day is gone,
Working till your work is done,
Not as traffickers at marts,
But as fitteth honest hearts,
Working till your spirits rest
With the spirits of the blest.