Now the labourer's task is o'er
Lyricist: John Ellerton.
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1 Now the labourer's task is o'er,
Now the battle-day is past;
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last.
R. 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.
3 There the penitents that turn
To the Cross their dying eyes
All the love of Jesus learn
At His feet in Paradise.
4 'Earth to earth, and dust to dust,'
Calmly now the words we say;
Leaving him to sleep in trust,
Till the resurrection day.