In labour, was I conceived
In labour, I was birthed
Training me was a hard labour
Because there is dignity in labour!
A labourer earns his wage
Decently, honourably and honestly
He does not extort at the toll gate,
He has dignity and integrity.
Whether old, sick and frail
He will never labour in vain,
For there is dignity in labour!
He sweats in pain because he is not a thief
He gains in plain, he is not in grief
He has some relief even if brief,
Because the universe honours he that labours.
He who labours, labours not in vain
But he who steals, steals all in vain
Generations shall call him a thief
And nations shall see him in grief,
Lands shall hear him wail when he grows weary
Because he shall fail for not labouring uprightly!
There is dignity in labour, make no mistake
There is labour in dignity let no man deceive you!
If you anchor on a mushroom, there will be for you no room
If your boat is offshore, you will not sail more
So hear me loud and clear; there is dignity in labour!
Labour on, labour on, men of integrity
Labour forward, there; is dignity!
Arise, shine, adorn the world.
A dollar earned is a lesson learned
A dollar stolen is a dream frozen,
Labour on, soldier of nature
The universe is neither deaf nor dumb
And the Creator neither dead nor numb!
If you are obidient, you will eat the good of the land
Therefore be useful, otherwise life will not give you ‘shishi’