Now the Laborer’s Task is O’er   5 comments

Above:  A Church Building and the Adjacent Graveyard

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Words by John Ellerton (1826-1893), an English priest

Hymn Source = Common Service Book (1917), of the predecessor bodies of the United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962)

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1.  Now the laborer’s task is o’er;

Now the battleday is past;

Now upon the farther shore

Lands the voyager at last.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping

Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.

2.  There the tears of earth are dried,

There its hidden things are clear,

There the work of life is tried

By a juster Judge than here.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping

Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.

3.  There the ransomed souls, that turn

To the Cross their dying eyes,

All the love of Christ shall learn

At His Feet in Paradise.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping

Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.

4.  “Earth to earth, and dust to dust,”

Calmly now the words we say,

Left behind we wait in trust

Till the Resurrection day.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping

Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.

At sea the following should be sung instead of the last stanza:

5.  Laid in ocean’s quiet bed,

Calmly now the words we say,

“Till the sea gives up her dead;”

Till the Resurrection day.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping

Leave we now Thy servant sleeping.

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