Work! for the night is coming
Work! for the night is coming. Annie Louisa Coghill* (1836-1907).
This was written when Coghill, then Annie Louisa Walker, was living with her family in western Canada, and first published in Leaves from the Backwoods, her collection of poems published anonymously in Montreal in 1861. It had three 8-line stanzas. It was used by Ira D. Sankey* in early editions of Gospel Hymns [see Gospel Hymns 1 to 6 Complete (1894)*]; because it had been published anonymously Sankey attributed it to Sidney Dyer, an American Baptist minister and hymn writer (b. 1814), who denied all knowledge of it. The misattribution was continued in some books, such as the Labour Church Hymn and Tune Book* (1893), but...
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