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714. We Plow the Fields

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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.

Refrain:
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, then, O Father,
for all things bright and good,
the seed-time and the harvest,
our life, our health, our food;
no gifts have we to offer
for all your love imparts,
but that which you desire now:
our humble, thankful hearts. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: We plow the fields and scatter
Title: We Plow the Fields
Author: Matthias Claudius (1782)
Translator: Jane M. Campbell (1861; alt. 1990, mod.)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.ref.
Scripture: Luke 12:24; Acts 14:17
Topic: Special Topics: Harvest and Thanksgiving; God: Love and Grace of; God In Nature
Language: English
Refrain First Line: All good gifts around us are sent
Tune Information
Name: WIR PFLÜGEN
Composer: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, 1747-1800 (1800)
Meter: 7.6.7.6.D.ref.
Key: A Major



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