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579. We Plough the Fields

1 We plough the fields and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God's almighty hand.
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
And soft, refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
For all His love.

2 He only is the Maker
Of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower,
He lights the evening star.
The winds and waves obey Him,
By Him the birds are fed;
Much more, to us His children,
He gives our daily bread. [Refrain]

3 We thank Thee then, O Father,
For all things bright and good:
The seed-time and the harvest,
Our life, our health our food.
No gifts have we to offer
For all Thy love imparts,
But that which Thou desirest,
Our humble, thankful hearts. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We plough the fields and scatter
Title: We Plough the Fields
Author: Matthias Claudius, 1740-1815
Translator: Jane M. Campbell, 1817-1878
Refrain First Line: All good gifts around us
Meter: 76.76.D. with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2011
Topic: Occasional Services: Thanksgiving; Blessings; Harvest and Thanksgiving (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Johann A. P. Schultz, 1747-1800
Meter: 76.76.D. with Refrain
Key: B♭ Major

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