136. Come, You Thankful People, Come

1 Come, you thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest home;
all is safely gathered in
ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, does provide
for our needs to be supplied;
come, with all his people come,
raise the song of harvest home.

2 All the world is God's own field,
fruit unto his praise to yield;
wheat and weeds together sown,
unto joy or sorrow grown:
first the blade and then the ear,
then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we
wholesome grain and pure may be.

3 For the Lord our God shall come
and shall take his harvest home;
he himself in that great day
all offense shall take away,
give his angels charge at last
in the fire the weeds to cast,
but the fruitful ears to store
in his garner evermore.

4 Even so, Lord, quickly come
to your final harvest home;
gather all your people in,
free from sorrow, free from sin
there, forever purified,
in your presence to abide;
come, with all your angels come,
raise the glorious harvest home.

Text Information
First Line: Come, you thankful people, come
Title: Come, You Thankful People, Come
Author: Henry Alford (1844, alt.)
Meter: 77 77 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1989
Topic: The Church in the World; Descants
Tune Information
Composer: George J. Elvey (1858)
Composer (desc.): Craig S. Lang (1953)
Meter: 77 77 D
Key: F Major
Copyright: Descant © 1953, Novello & Company, Ltd.

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