Lord of the harvest once againAuthor: Joseph Anstice
Tune: PRESTON (Jenner)
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1 Lord of the harvest! once again
We thank Thee for the ripened grain;
For crops safe carried, sent to cheer
Thy servants through another year;
For all sweet holy thoughts supplied
By seed-time, and by harvest-tide.
2 The bare dead grain, in autumn sown,
Its robe of vernal green it puts on;
Glad from its wintry grave it springs,
Fresh garnished by the King of kings,
So, Lord, to those who sleep in Thee
Shall new and glorious bodies be.
3 Nor vainly of Thy Word we ask
A lesson from the reaper’s task;
So shall Thine angels issue forth;
The tares be burnt; the just of earth,
Playthings of sun and storm no more,
Be gathered to their Father’s store.
4 Daily, O Lord, our prayers be said,
As Thou hast taught, for daily bread;
But not alone our bodies feed,
Supply our fainting spirits’ need!
O Bread of Life! from day to day,
Be Thou their Comfort, Food, and Stay!
Source: Church Book: for the use of Evangelical Lutheran congregations #503
Lord of the harvest, once again. J. Anstice. [Harvest.] First published in his (posthumous) Hymns, 1836, No. 34, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines. In the Child's Christian Year, 1841, it was repeated without alteration; and from that date it came into general use, but usually with slight alterations. It is one of the most popular of Harvest hymns, and is in common use in all English-speaking countries. In the Anglican Hymn Book, 1868, it begins, “O Lord of harvest, once again." Original text in Lord Selborne's Book of Praise, 1862.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|The Cyber Hymnal #3938||Lord of the Harvest, Once Again||Lord of the harvest, once again||PRESTON (Jenner)||Joseph Anstice||88.88.88|