Lyrics and Information
Words by Anna L. Coghill, 1854, alt. by Lowell Mason, 1864Tune: WORK SONG by Lowell Mason, 1864Key signature: F major (1 flat)Time signature: 4/4Meter: 18.104.22.168Public Domain1. Work, for the night is coming, Work through the morning hours; Work while the dew is sparkling, Work ’mid springing flow’rs. Work when the day grows brighter, Work in the glowing sun; Work, for the night is coming, When man’s work is done.2. 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.3. 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 dark’ning, When man’s work is o’er.