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Now is the autumn coming

Now is the autumn coming

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [Now is the autumn coming] (Sewell)
Published in 6 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Now is the autumn coming,
Now in the winter near,
What have you gained as harvest
Out of the waning year?
Where are your sheaves, my brother?
What will the Master see
When He shall come to view the reaping?
What will our harvest be?

What will your harvest be?
(What will your harvest, your harvest be?)
What will your harvest be?
(What will your harvest, our harvest be?}
Into life's furrow seeds are falling;
What will your harvest be?

2 Swiftly your day is going,
Think ere the shadows creep;
What you have long been sowing,
That must ye also reap.
Did you sow seeds of kindness,
Seed that from sin was free?
When you at last your crop must gather,
What will your harvest be? [Chorus]

3 Soon will the awful trumpet
Ring thro' your starry dome;
Soon will the angel reapers
Gather the harvest home;
Then will they glean for Jesus
Sheaves for eternity; -
Will they be sheaves of good or evil?
What will your harvest be? [Chorus]

Source: The New Praiseworthy: for the Church and Sunday School #43

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Now is the autumn coming
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: What will your harvest be
Copyright: Public Domain



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