569. 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;
Ht sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
And soft, refreshing rain.

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.

3 We thank Thee, then, O Father,
For all things bright and good,
The seedtime 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.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: We plow the fields, and scatter
Title: We Plow the Fields, and Scatter
Author: Matthias Claudius (1782)
Publication Date: 1937
Meter: 7 6, 7 6. D.
Topic: Occasional: Thanksgiving Day; A Day of Thanksgiving or a Harvest Festival; Creator and Creation (2 more...)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: All good gifts around us
Notes: Campbell, Miss Jane Montgomery, b. 1817. Tr.
Tune Information
Name: MARIA
Composer: Gerhard Theodore Alexis (1924)
Meter: 7 6, 7 6. D.
Key: E♭ Major



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