Up And Be Doing Brief Is The Day


Up and be doing!
Brief is the day;
Soon comes the nighttime
Light all away-
“Work in my vineyard!”
Hark to the call
Which the Good Master
Giveth to all.

Refrain:
Go work in my vineyard,
Go work in my vineyard,
And gather the harvest,
Ere darkness shall fall.

Fields now are waiting
White in the sun;
Harvests all ripen’d,
What hast thou done?
Few are the reapers,
Much to be done,
Where is they sickle,
Fast falls the sun. [Refrain]

Soon daylight dieth
Labor is o’er!
Long are the shadows
Stretching before.
Rouse careless idler!
“Nothing but leaves?”
What will thou answer
When asked for sheaves? [Refrain]