Go, labor on; spend, and be spent

Go, labor on; spend, and be spent;
  Thy joy to do the Father’s will;
It is the way the Master went;
  Should not the servant tread it still?
Go, labor on: ’tis not for nought;
  Thy earthly loss is heav’nly gain;
Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee not;
  The Master praises, what are men?
Go, labor on; your hands are weak,
  Your knees are faint, your souls cast down;
Yet falter not; the prize you seek
  Is near, a kingdom and a crown.
Go, labor on while it is day,
  The world’s dark night is hastening on;
Speed, speed thy work, cast sloth away,
  It is not thus that souls are won.
Men die in darkness at your side,
  Without a hope to cheer the tomb;
Take up the torch and wave it wide,
  The torch that lights time’s thickest gloom.
Press on, faint not, keep watch and pray;
  Be wise the erring soul to win;
Go forth into the world’s highway,
  Compel the wanderer to come in.
Press on, and in thy work rejoice;
  For work comes rest, the prize thus won;
Soon shalt thou hear the Master’s voice,
  The midnight cry, Behold, I come!
Apambe A. Wisdom

Cape Cost, Central, Ghana

The touching part is "If the master praises, what are men" and "the midnight cry, Behold I come." It is good to work with the hope of heaven.

Jeff Asafo Adjei

Adenta, Greater Accra, Ghana

This is the greatest encouragement for an intercessor. If the Master praises, what are men.

Let's be encouraged fellow workmen; God is up to something with us.

The goal is Jesus so go Labour on brethren.


Accra, Ghana

Sang this hymn for more than 40 years and each time with tears in my eyes. One day it will be over! And we shall hear the midnight cry BEHOLD I COME! But till then no room for slothfuness and human praise or insults

David Yip


A needful reminder of the most important task and calling to the Church. Current state of the world beckons us "Go labour on"!

George Baidoo

Dubai, Frij Al Murar, United Arab Emirates

If the whole Master went through suffering for the sin He has not committed just to safe His people.

Then we the servants needs not to complain anymore let consider part of the 5 stanza and it goes "Men die in darkness at your side,

Take up the torch and wave it wide," meaning there's a darkness ahead of us and what darkness means to us is suffering.

May God fill our touches with fuel so that we may not run out.

God bless is more

Brenda Nembhard

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Perfect text for a perfect task. Soul rendering.

Tracy Smith

Isola, Mississippi, United States

Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus!

Bra Max

Accra, Ghana

This hymnal is a confirmation of the Methodist Church Ghana's theme for this year 2020, Discipleship.

Dr. Joseph Warner

Delray Beach, Florida, United States

I am blessed with the 2nd stanza. "Men heed thee, love thee, praise thee NOT." "THE MASTER PRAISES, What are men?"

There is a man from Accra, Ghana who is here in the US and a fine lawyer. His grandmother and grandfather were very active in a Presbyterian Church. But I don't see any signs of this young man's being born again or an interest in the things of God. Pray I will have opportunity to one day witness to him.


Hong Kong, Hong Kong

What a beautiful hymn. I was listening this morning to Dave Hunt and was convicted that I have not been faithful in winning souls for Christ.

But the end is nigh and souls are perishing. I want the Lord to say to me, "Good and faithful servant."

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