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Harvest Song

Holy is the seed time, when the buried grain

Author: Margaret A. Headlam
Published in 10 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Holy is the seed-time, when the buried grain
Sinks to sleep in darkness, but to wake again.
Holy is the springtime, when the living corn,
Bursting from its prison, riseth like the morn.

2 Holy is the harvest, when each ripened ear,
Bending to the sickle, crowns the golden year;
Store them in our garners; winnow them with care;
Give to God the glory in our praise and prayer.

3 Holy seed our Master soweth in His field;
Be the harvest holy which our hearts shall yield;
Be our bodies holy, resting in the clay,
Till the Resurrection summons them away.

4 Glory to the Father, who beheld our need;
Glory to the Savior, who hath sown the seed;
Glory to the Spirit, giving the increase;
Glory, as it has been, is, and ne’er shall cease!

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10374

Author: Margaret A. Headlam

Born: January 4, 1817, Wycliffe, England. Died: July 13, 1897, South Stoneham, Hampshire, England. Headlam, Margaret Ann, daughter of Ven. John Headlam, Archdeacon of Richmond, born Jan. 4, 1817, is the author of:— 1. Holy is the seed-time, when the buried grain. Harvest. Written, c. 1862, for a Harvest Festival in the parish of Whorlton, Durham, and published in a (privately printed) Supplement to Pott's Hymns, &c. It was also given in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871. In his note thereon (Church Hymns, folio ed. p. lvi.) Mr. Ellerton gives these details, and adds an omitted stanza, and an original tune (Whorlton) composed for it by Dr. Dykes. 2. Thy courts, 0 Lord, are open. Re-opening of a Churc… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Holy is the seed time, when the buried grain
Title: Harvest Song
Author: Margaret A. Headlam
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #10374
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #43


The Cyber Hymnal #10374

Include 8 pre-1979 instances
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