What a Reaping!

O the sowing time seems weary

Author: Russell Kelso Carter
Tune: [O the sowing time seems weary]
Published in 3 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Oh! the sowing time seems weary
And full oft the workers cry,
To the Lord who rules the harvest,
For the reaping by and by.

What a reaping, reaping,
What a reaping it will be by and by.
Every sorrow we have known,
Every tear that we have sown,
What a reaping it will be by and by!

2 In the sorrow and the suffering,
When each breath is but a sigh;
Though we sow in tears, remember
There’s a reaping by and by. [Refrain]

3 When our hearts are strained to breaking,
Comfort other sufferers nigh;
And our harvest will be doubled
In the reaping by and by. [Refrain]

4 For the love of Christ is flowing
In a stream that’s never dry;
He will water all our sowing,
For the reaping by and by. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11398

Author: Russell Kelso Carter

Russel Kelso Carter was a professor in the Pennsylvania Military College of Chester. While there he was licensed to preach by the Methodist Episcopal Church. He became very active in leading camp meetings and revivals. After failing health forced him to abandon this work, he studied and became a medical doctor as well as a writer. He wrote novels as well as hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O the sowing time seems weary
Title: What a Reaping!
Author: Russell Kelso Carter
Language: English
Refrain First Line: What a reaping, reaping
Publication Date: 1899
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11398
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The Cyber Hymnal #11398

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