All Labor Gained New Dignity   2 comments


Above:  Carpenter’s Chisels, November 1878

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-jpd-01268

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1941), Evangelical and Reformed Church

Words (1925) by William Arthur Dunkerley (1852-1941), who published under the nom de plume John Oxenham


1.  All labor gained new dignity

Since He who all creation made

Toiled with His hands for daily bread

Right manfully.

2.  No work is commonplace, if all

Be done as unto Him alone;

Life’s simplest toil to Him is known,

Who knoweth all.

3.  Each smallest common thing He makes,

Serves Him with its minutest part;

Man only, with his wandering heart,

His way forsakes.

4.  His service is life’s highest joy,

It yields fair fruit a hundredfold,

Be this our prayer–“Not fame, not gold,

But Thine employ!”

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