560. We Plow the Fields and Scatter

1 We plow 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.

2 You only are the Maker
Of all things near and far;
You paint the wayside flower,
You light the evening star;
The winds and waves obey You,
By You the birds are fed;
Much more to us, Your children,
You give our daily bread.

3 We thank You, then, Creator,
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 You most would welcome,
Our humble, thankful hearts.

Text Information
First Line: We plow the fields and scatter
Title: We Plow the Fields and Scatter
Author: Matthias Claudius (1782)
Translator: Jane Montgomery Campbell (1861; alt.)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Scripture: ; ; ;
Tune Information
Adapter and Harmonizer: David Evans (1927)
Meter: D
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Finnish folk melody
Copyright: Adaptation and harmonization from the Revised Church Hymnary 1927. Used by permission of Oxford University Press.

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