What Will the Recompense Be?

Harvester, harvester, gather thy sheaves

Author: Eben E. Rexford
Tune: [Harvester, harvester, gather thy sheaves]
Published in 18 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Harvester, harvester, gather the sheaves!
The Master is coming this way;
My heart o’er its folly and idleness grieves,
And the hours it has squander’d away.

Gather, gather, gather the sheaves,
Bound in the harvest for thee;
O soul, if thy hand hath pluck’d nothing but leaves,
What will the recompense be?

2 Harvester, harvester, faithful to God,
O seek by the wayside and find,
Grown in the weeds where the rank brambles nod,
The wheat for the sheaves you would bind. [Chorus]

3 Harvester, harvester, work with a will,
Soon will the harvest be done;
While standing in idleness soul, art thou still?
What have thy folded hands won? [Chorus]

4 Harvester, harvester, dally no more,
And think what the Master would say,
“Go gather the sheaves till the harvest is o’er,
Go work with the reapers today!” [Chorus]

Source: Good Will: A collection of New Music for Sabbath Schools and Gospel Meetings (Enlarged) #85

Author: Eben E. Rexford

Rexford, Eben Eugene.M (Johnsburg, New York, July 16, 1848--October 16, 1916, Shiocton, Wisconsin). Horticulturalist and editor of a Wisconsin farm journal. Many of his verses were used to fill empty corners of the journal. He also wrote many books on gardening. Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.), Litt.D. Twenty-five years, organist at First Congregational Church, Shiocton. See: Smith, Mary L.P. (1930). Eben E. Rexford; a biographical sketch. Menasha, Wis., George Banta Pub. Co. --Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives and Gabriel, Charles H. (1916). Singers and Their Songs. Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Harvester, harvester, gather thy sheaves
Title: What Will the Recompense Be?
Author: Eben E. Rexford
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Gather, gather, gather the sheaves
Copyright: Public Domain



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