God's great harvest home draws near

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1 God's great harvest home draws near
When his glory shall appear;
Angels wait command to reap—
First to gather out the wheat,
Then the tares in bundles bind,
Judge the deeds of all mankind,
Saints, for that blest day prepare1
Watch in earnest faith and prayer!

2 All the world is God's own field,
Fruit unto his praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown:
First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear.
Grant, O Harvest Lord, that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

3 For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take his harvest home;
From his field shall in that day
All offences purge away:
Give his angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast.
But the fruitful ears to store
In his garner evermore.

4 Even so, Lord, quickly come;
Bring thy final harvest home.
Gather all thy people in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There forever purified,
In thy garner to abide;
Come, with all thine angels, come!
Raise the glorious harvest home!


Source: The Hymnal #210

Author: Henry Alford

Alford, Henry, D.D., son of  the Rev. Henry Alford, Rector of Aston Sandford, b. at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Row, London, Oct. 7, 1810, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in honours, in 1832. In 1833 he was ordained to the Curacy of Ampton. Subsequently he held the Vicarage of Wymeswold, 1835-1853,--the Incumbency of Quebec Chapel, London, 1853-1857; and the Deanery of Canterbury, 1857 to his death, which took. place  at  Canterbury, Jan. 12, 1871.  In addition he held several important appointments, including that of a Fellow of Trinity, and the Hulsean Lectureship, 1841-2. His literary labours extended to every department of literature, but his noblest undertaking was his edition of the Greek Testament, the result… Go to person page >

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First Line: God's great harvest home draws near
Author: Henry Alford (St. 1, alt.)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…

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