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Come, labor on! – Ora labora

First line:
Come, labor on!
last verse descant
author of text

The hymn Ora labora was written by Thomas Tertius Noble who, in conjunction with Charles Steele, first established the Saint Thomas Choir School in 1919. Considered by many to be the ‘Dean’ of American Church Music during his tenure, Noble came to New York from (‘old’) York in England in 1913, and remained at Saint Thomas for the next thirty years. With a text by Jane Borthwick, ‘Come, labor on’ became, along with Noble’s stirring tune, the Choir School hymn. Sung by the Gentlemen of the choir here, the harmonization and descant for the final verse ‘belong’ to Gerre Hancock.

from notes by Jeremy Filsell © 2021


Hancock: Choral & organ music
Studio Master: SIGCD631Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 20 on SIGCD631 [2'03] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD631 track 20

Recording date
12 February 2020
Recording venue
Saint Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Hancock: Choral & organ music (SIGCD631)
    Disc 1 Track 20
    Release date: April 2021
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