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696. To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise

1 To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise
in hymns of adoration;
to thee bring sacrifice of praise
with shouts of exultation:
bright robes of gold the fields adorn,
the hills with joy are ringing,
the valleys stand so thick with corn
that even they are singing.

2 And now, on this our festal day,
thy bounteous hand confessing,
upon thine altar, Lord, we lay
the first-fruits of thy blessing:
by thee our souls are truly fed
with gifts of grace supernal;
thou who dost give us earthly bread,
give us the bread eternal.

3 We bear the burden of the day,
and often toil seems dreary;
but labour ends with sunset ray,
and rest comes for the weary:
may we, the angel-reaping o'er,
stand at the last accepted,
Christ's golden sheaves for evermore
to garners bright elected.

4 O blessèd is that land of God,
where saints abide for ever;
where golden fields spread far and broad,
where flows the crystal river:
the strains of all its holy throng
with ours today are blending;
thrice blessèd is that harvest-song
which never hath an ending.

Text Information
First Line: To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise
Title: To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise
Author: William Chatterton Dix, 1837-1898 (alt.)
Meter: 87 87 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2000
Scripture: ; ; ;
Topic: Harvest Festival
Tune Information
Composer: Arthur Seymour Sullivan
Meter: 87 87 D
Key: F Major

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Harvest Song
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