453. 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.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heav'n 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 you, our 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 treasure -
our humble, thankful hearts. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We plow the fields, and scatter
Title: We Plow the Fields, and Scatter
Original Language: German
Author: Matthias Claudius (1782)
Translator: Jane Montgomery Campbell (1861, alt.)
Meter: with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Special Occasions; Christ--Adoration and praise; God--Creator (3 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Johann A. P. Schulz (1800)
Meter: with Refrain
Key: A Major
Notes: Alternate key, hymn 389

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