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A Sower's Seed Fell on a Path

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1 A sower’s seed fell on a path
packed hard by foot and cart,
and hungry sparrows ate their fill
before a root could start.

Lord, give us ears to hear your Word
and hearts where seed can grow.

2 And some fell down where rocky ground
no sustenance could give.
Beneath the scorching noon-day sun
no tender plant could live. [Refrain]

3 And some seed fell among the weeds
that wove a tangling snare
to choke the green and budding plants
that never fruit would bear. [Refrain]

4 But some seed fell on fertile soil
and flourished more and more
until the joyous harvest time,
when hundredfold it bore. [Refrain]

Source: Singing the New Testament #33

Author: Herman G. Stuempfle

Rev. Dr. Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr., 83, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, after a long illness. Born April 2, 1923, in Clarion, he was the son of the late Herman G. and Helen (Wolfe) Stuempfle, Sr. Stuempfle lived most of his life in Gettysburg, PA. He served as President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg. He attended Hughesville public schools, and was a graduate of Susquehanna University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He received additional advanced degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a doctoral degree at Southern California School of Theology at Claremont. He retired in 1989. Rev. Dr. Stuempfle was the author of several books and numerous articles and lectures on preaching, history, a… Go to person page >

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First Line: A sower's seed fell on a path
Title: A Sower's Seed Fell on a Path
Author: Herman G. Stuempfle
Language: English
Copyright: © 2000. GIA Publications, Inc.



MORNING SONG is a folk tune that has some resemblance to the traditional English tune for "Old King Cole." The tune appeared anonymously in Part II of John Wyeth's (PHH 486) Repository of Sacred Music (1813). In 1816 it was credited to "Mr. Dean," which some scholars believe was a misprinted referen…

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