Lord of the living harvest

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1 Lord of the living harvest
That whitens o'er the plain,
Where angels soon shall gather
Their sheaves of golden grain;
Accept these hands to labor,
These hearts to trust and love,
And deign with them to hasten
Thy kingdom from above.

2 As laborers in Thy vineyard
Still faithful may they be,
Content to bear the burden
Of weary days for Thee;
To ask no other wages,
When Thou shalt call them home,
But to have shared the travail
Which makes Thy kingdom come.

3 Come down, Thou Holy Spirit,
And fill their souls with light;
Clothe them in spotless raiment,
In vesture clean and white;
Within Thy sacred temple
Be with them where they stand,
To guide and teach Thy people
Throughout our native land.

4 Be with them, God the Father!
Be with them, God the Son!
And God the Holy Spirit!
Most blessèd Three in One!
Make them a holy priesthood,
Thee humbly to adore,
And fill them with Thy fullness,
Both now and evermore!


The Hymnal: revised and enlarged as adopted by the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America in the year of our Lord 1892

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


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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