258. We Plough the Fields and Scatter

1 We plough 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.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his love.

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. [Refrain]

3 We thank thee, then, O Father,
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 thy love imparts,
and, what thou most desirest,
our humble, thankful hearts. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We plough the fields and scatter
Title: We Plough the Fields and Scatter
Original Language: German
Author: Matthias Claudius (1740-1815)
Translator: Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817-1878)
Meter: 76 76D with refrain
Publication Date: 1998
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Rogation Days; Harvest Thanksgiving
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (1747-1800)
Composer (refrain trumpet descant): Melva Treffinger Graham (1947-)
Meter: 76 76D with refrain
Copyright: Trumpet melody and refrain descant © Melva Treffinger Graham

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