Work, for the night is coming

Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling,
Work ’mid springing flowers;
Work when the day grows brighter,
Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man’s work is done.
Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor,
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give every flying minute,
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.
Work, for the night is coming,
Under the sunset skies;
While their bright tints are glowing,
Work, for daylight flies.
Work till the last beam fadeth,
Fadeth to shine no more;
Work, while the night is darkening,
When man’s work is o’er.
Uwakwe O. Igbokwe

Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria

We learnt this song while in the secondary school in the 1960s. it was meant to remind us to make hay while the sun shines and not only in the things God but also in our private lives at work, business and home. Great lyrics, those.

Kalu Udoka

Portharcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

This song is soul lifting and inspiring reminding us how necesary working in God’s vineyard or working for Christ’s second coming.

Mitaire Ikpen

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

This great hymn is one of my Dad's favourite. Dr. J.P. Ikpen will sing it most times when returning from evening service in Benin City, Nigeria and whistle it while at home. The lyrics are priceless and eternal, reminding us of our mortality.


Evansville, IN, United States

I remember our music teacher in grade school teaching us this song. It was a Catholic grade school and she was a nun, a very old nun.

George Christian James

Scarborough, ON, Canada

I am using this hymn's lyrics for my up and coming speech.


Tennessee, United States

This song reminds me of Gods soon coming and how we must work hard for the His lost souls. Be blessed by the words for they bring hope.

Eric Rasmussen

Redondo Beach, California, United States

I'm preparing devotions my wife is to lead at a Methodist Volunteer rebuilding effort in Louisiana. (She is good at volunteering and organizing. I am the wordsmith.) This was the hymn I immediately thought of. And yes, I thought of my mother and the tears came.

Norman William Wright

Magrath, Alberta, Canada

Sang this hymn since a child in Baptist Church.

Now a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Was this hymn in LDS hymnal?

I also have tears as I remember my dear mother singing this.


Palmdale, California, United States

This is the song I have sung since my childhood. It still one of my favorites. I cannot help with tears streaming down when I sing this again today.


Northport, AL, United States

Beautiful words a song I've sung since childhood.