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367. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

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1 Come, ye thankful people, come;
raise the song of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in,
ere the winter storms begin.
God, our Maker, doth provide
for our wants to be supplied.
Come to God's own temple, come;
raise the song of harvest home.

2 All the world is God's own field,
fruit in thankful praise to yield,
wheat and tares 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 the harvest home;
from each field shall in that day
all offenses purge away;
give the angels charge at last
in the fire the tares to cast,
but the fruitful ears to store
in God's garner evermore.

4 Even so, Lord, quickly come
to thy final harvest home.
Gather thou thy people in,
free from sorrow, free from sin,
there forever purified,
in thy presence to abide:
come, with all thine angels, come;
raise the glorious harvest home!

Text Information
First Line: Come, ye thankful people come
Title: Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Author: Henry Alford (1844, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Exodus 23:16; Exodus 34:22; Psalm 67:6-7; Psalm 126:6; Proverbs 22:2; Matthew 9:37-38; Matthew 13:18-43; 1 Corinthians 3:13-15; 2 Corinthians 9:10-14; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 14:15; Revelation 22:20
Topic: Christ's Return and Judgment; Harvest; Jesus Christ: Advent (2 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: George Job Elvey (1858)
Key: F Major

Text Information:

Despite its familiar Thanksgiving associations, the real concern of this text is to recall the harvest imagery Jesus used to describe the fulfillment of God’s sovereignty. The tune name commemorates the royal chapel where the composer was organist for forty-seven years.

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