520. We Plough the Fields

1 We plough the fields and scatter
the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered
by your almighty hand;
you send 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;
we thank you, God, O holy God,
for all your love.

2 You only are the maker
of all things near and far;
you paint the wayside flower,
you light the evening star;
the wind and waves obey you,
by you the birds are fed;
much more to us, your children,
you give us daily bread. [Refrain]

3 We thank you then, O Maker,
for all things bright and good,
the seed-time and the harvest,
our life, our health, our food;
accept the gifts we offer
for all your love imparts,
and, what from us you long for,
our humble, thankful hearts. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We plough the field and scatter
Title: We Plough the Fields
Author: Mathias Claudius (1782)
Translator: Jane Montgomery Campbell (1861, alt.)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: The Church at Worship: Special Days, Seasons, Occasions: Thanksgiving; Choruses and Refrains; God: Creator (13 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (1800)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D with refrain
Key: A♭ Major

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