1 Have you heard the Master calling
To His people far and near,
Pleading for His ripened harvest?
Lo, the golden fields appear!
Even now the grain is wasting,
For the reapers yet are few,
And your help is greatly needed;
Can the Master count on you?
Lift thine eyes and look around you,
See the wide extended field,
Ripened, waiting, and abundant is the yield!
Hasten then to help the reapers,
Gather in the golden grain;
What you give or do for Jesus
Will not, cannot be in vain.
2 If you love the patient Master,
Let Him no more plead in vain;
Go, or help to send forth reapers,
To preserve the precious grain;
Trust the Master and obey Him;
Go, or send at His command—
Help to gather in His harvest,
Anywhere, in any land. [Refrain]
3 When the harvest time is ended,
And the reapers homeward turn,
Bringing in the sheaves they’ve gathered,
They will hear their Lord’s “Well done;”
Just to hear His blest approval,
Will all toil and pain repay;
Yet He giveth crowns of glory,
And a home in endless day. [Refrain]
Rufus H. McDaniel was ordained in the Christian church in 1873. He found much joy in church music. He began writing hymns in the 1880's. He wrote, "I feel in my soul that God has something for me to do in brightening the experience of struggling souls. My chief desire is to be a blessing, if possible, to my fellow-men through these hymns and thereby glorify God in the name of his dear son 'whose I am and whom I serve.'"
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >