WORK FOR THE NIGHT IS COMING                                           written in 1854

The Story

Annie Louisa Walker wrote this song when she was 18 years old. Born in England, she moved with her family to the backwoods of Quebec, Canada, where this poem was written. For this teenager in primitive surroundings, there was plenty of work to be had. Yet, it wasn’t something she dreaded; in fact, she enjoyed it.

When Annie moved with her family to Ontario, she and her sisters started a school for girls. Many girls did not have much schooling beyond the elementary years, so Annie’s school was very appreciated.

She would later move back to England and work for a cousin who was a famous British novelist.

John 9:4 says this: “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”

The Song

Read this hymn, and, today, make a commitment to do the work God has given you to do!

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.

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