516. Come, You Thankful People, Come

1 Come, you thankful people, come,
raise the song of harvest-home!
All is safely gathered in,
safe before the storms begin;
God, our maker, does provide
for our needs 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,
harvests for God's praise to yield;
wheat and weeds together sown,
here for joy or sorrow grown;
first the blade, and then the ear,
then the full corn shall appear:
Harvest-giver, grant that we
wholesome grain and pure may be.

3 For our God, one day, shall come,
and shall take this harvest home,
from the field shall in that day
all offences purge away;
giving angels charge at last
in the fire the weeds to cast,
but the fruitful ears to store
in the garner evermore.

4 Even so, God, quickly come
to your final harvest-home!
Gather all your people in,
free from sorrow, free from sin;
there for ever purified,
in your presence to abide:
come, with all your angels, come,
raise the glorious harvest-home.

Text Information
First Line: Come, you thankful people, come
Title: Come, You Thankful People, Come
Author: Henry Alford (1844, alt.)
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 7 7 7 7 D
Topic: The Church at Worship: Special Days, Seasons, Occasions: Thanksgiving; Adoration and Praise; Consummation (26 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: George Job Elvey (1858)
Meter: 7 7 7 7 D
Key: F Major

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