1 Now the year is crowned with blessing
As we gather in the grain;
And, our grateful thanks expressing,
Loud we raise a joyous strain.
Bygone days of toil and sadness
Cannot now our peace destroy;
For the hills are clothed with gladness,
And the valleys shout for joy.
To the Lord their first-fruits bringing,
All His thankful people come,
To the Father praises singing
For the joy of harvest-home.
2 In the spring the smiling meadows
Donned their robes of living green,
As the sunshine chased the shadows
Swiftly o'er the changing scene;
In the summer-time the story
Of a riper hope was told;
Then the rich autumnal glory
Decked the fields in cloth of gold. [Refrain]
3 Shall not we, whose hearts are swelling
With the thought of former days,
Sing a joyous song foretelling
Future gladness, fuller praise?
For the cloud the bow retaineth
With its covenant of peace,
That, as long as earth remaineth,
Harvest-time shall never cease. [Refrain]
4 Though the fig-tree may not flourish,
Though the vine no fruit may yield,
Though the earth no flocks may nourish
In the fold or in the field,
Still our hearts will trust His power
Who the ravens stoops to feed,
And the hand that clothes each flower
Shall supply our utmost need. [Refrain]
Felkin, Ellen Thorneycroft, née Fowler, the elder daughter of Sir Henry Fowler, Bart., and granddaughter of the Rev. Joseph Fowler, Wesleyan Minister, was married to A. L. Felkin, Senior Assistant Master of Eltham College, in 1903. Her hymn, "Now the year is crowned with blessing" (Harvest), is No. 945 in The Methodist Hymn Book 1904. In addition to several popular novels, she published Verses, Grave and Gay, 1901. From this work, p. 35, the above hymn is taken.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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Display Title: Now The Year Is Crowned With BlessingFirst Line: Now the year is crowned with blessingTune Title: MORGENLIEDAuthor: Ellen T. F. FelkinMeter: 87.87.87 DSource: Verses Grave and Gay (London: Cassell & Company, Ltd., 1891