Lord of the living harvest

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1 Lord of the living harvest
That ripens o'er the plain,
Where angels soon will gather
Their sheaves of golden grain,
Accept our hands to labor,
Our hearts to trust and love,
And be with us to hasten
Your kingdom from above.

2 As lab'rers in your vineyard,
Lord, give us work to do,
Content to bear the burden
Of weary days for you,
To ask no other wages
When you will call us home
Than to have shared the labor
That makes your kingdom come.

3 Be with us, God the Father;
Be with us, God the Son
And God the Holy Spirit,
Most blessed Three in One.
Make us your faithful servants
You rightly to adore,
And fill us with your blessing
Both now and evermore.

Source: Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #559

Author: John S. B. Monsell

Monsell, John Samuel Bewley, L.L.D., son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, Archdeacon of Londonderry, was born at St. Columb's, Londonderry, March 2,1811, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1832, LL.D. 1856). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, "he was successively Chaplain to Bishop Mant, Chancellor of the diocese of Connor, Rector of Ramoan, Vicar of Egham, diocese Worcester, and Rector of St. Nicholas's, Guildford. He died in consequence of a fall from the roof of his church, which was in the course of rebuilding, April 9, 1875. His prose works include Our New Vicar, 1867; The Winton Church Catechist, &c. His poetical works are:— (1) Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun., & Co., 1837; (2) Parish Musings, or Devotional Poem… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord of the living harvest
Title: Lord of the living harvest
Author: John S. B. Monsell (1866)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Lord of the living harvest. J. S. B. Monsell . [Ordination, and Church Guilds.] This hymn appears in the hymnbooks, first as a hymn for Ember Day and Ordinations; and second, for Church Guilds and Associations. 1. It originally appeared in Dr. Monsell's Hymns of Love and Praise, 2nd edition, 1866, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, for Ember Days and Ordinations. This was repeated in his Parish Hymnal, 1813, and the people's edition of his Spiritual Songs, 1875, the last being the authorized text. From this text Thring's Collection, 1882, differs somewhat, and especially in stanza iii. In Monsell the hymn is a prayer for the Ordained, in Thring the prayer is supposed to be offered by the Ordained themselves. For use at Ordinations Dr. Monsell's authorized form is the better of the two. 2. In the Society for Promoting Church Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, the hymn is given in an altered form for Church Guilds and Associations. With two slight changes in the text, and the omission of stanza iii., this was given in W. F. Stevenson's Hymns for the Church and Home, 1873, with a note in which he says that his text was "printed from manuscript in the form finally adopted by the author." The authorized text of this hymn therefore is (1) for Ordination—that in Dr. Monsell's Parish Hymnal, and (2) for Church Guilds and Associations, that in Dr. Stevenson's Hymns. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




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