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Far and Near the Fields Are Teeming

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1 Far and near the fields are teeming
with the waves of ripened grain;
far and near their gold is gleaming
o'er the sunny slope and plain.

Lord of harvest, send forth reapers;
hear us, Lord, to thee we cry;
send them now the sheaves to gather,
ere the harvest-time pass by.

2 Send them forth with morn's first beaming,
send them in the noontide's glare;
when the sun's last rays are gleaming,
bid them gather ev'rywhere. [Refrain]

3 Thou whom Christ the Lord is sending,
gather now the sheaves of gold;
heav'nward then at evening wending,
thou shalt come with joy untold. [Refrain]

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #423

Author: James Oren Thompson

Born June 9, 1834 in Waldo, ME. He was a minister before joining the army and fighting in the Civil War. After the war he joined the Methodist Episcopal Maine Conference in 1866. He transferred to the Providence, RI conference and retired in 1886. He moved to Keyser, WV and edited The Mountain Echo. He then moved to Charleston, WV and served as secretary of the Agriculture. In 1905 he moved to St. Petersburg, FL where he was the minister at the First Ave. Methodist Church. He died Sept. 28, 1917. From Hymn Studies Go to person page >

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First Line: Far and near the fields are teeming
Title: Far and Near the Fields Are Teeming
Author: James Oren Thompson
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lord of the harvest, send forth reapers
Notes: Polish translation: See "Pola wkolo już dojrzaly"
Copyright: Public Domain


Early research indicated that this hymn may have been written by John O. Thomson who lived from 1782-1818, however, later research shows that it was written by James Oren Thompson, 1834-1917



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