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!
Paul Osei Yeboah

Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

The turning point of my life. I have been weaping over the erring soul like Jesus wept over Jerusalem and over my wasted years of self centeredness.

I am grateful to Dr Horatius Bonar, the hymn writer.

Rev'D Fr Grant Essuman

Takoradi, Ghana

I always remember my charge as a Priest anytime I hear and ponder over the words of the hymn.. It energize me to do more for God as far as evangelism is concerned.

Henry Ansah-Larbi

Cape Coast, Central, Ghana

I always feel energized hearing playing this song.... the lyrics are so touching that it makes me cry in the presence of the Lord by the Holy Spirit....

Thank you for making it available here.


Accra, Ghana

This hymn is really powerful. Each stanza has a deep messenge and meaning. 'The Master praises, what are men? ' This is so encouraging. We are not looking for praise from men. God is the rewarded of every good work. Let's go on and labour for God.

Rose-Arthur Geli

Tema, Ghana

I woke up one mid-night to pray and in the course of my prayers these two songs dropped:

* 'Go Labour on spend and be spent..... '

* Hark the voice of Jesus crying who will go

and work today. And since then my life has never been the same. It's been all about soul winning.

I'm very grateful to the composer of this song. My calling as an evangelist was confirmed thru these songs.

Prince Dennis Owusu


It is so encouraging to see so many people of Ghanaian heritage here. Amidst the so called poverty God has cradled us and revealed His knowledge to us through our education system we had and churches. I pray that it is the same now and the children are not lacking in this generation. Together with all the other saints from all parts of this world we shall sing 'God made us all and God is good'. To God be the glory. Amen

Yaw Kummi

Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

Lord, help us.

William Obuobisa

Accra, Greater Accra Region, Ghana

Served my purpose when I had sing this hymn without a hymn book.

Frimpong Kyeremeh

Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

The Master was rejected and humiliated and we must also endure and labour for Him. No servant is greater than his Master.

Janet Owusu Ansah

Bronx, New York, United States

This hymn reminds me of the commission our Master has charged us with, go forth and preach the gospel to all mankind, baptizing them into the Triune God. This is a sobering word from the Lord Jesus to all the saints all over the world! I'm really humbled by this hymn. Jesus is Lord! Amen!

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