1 On what has now been sown
your blessing, Lord, bestow;
the pow'r is yours alone
to make it spring and grow.
O Lord, in grace the harvest raise
and you alone shall have the praise!
2 To you our wants are known;
from you are all our pow'rs.
Accept what is your own
and pardon what is ours.
Our praises, Lord, and prayers receive
and to your Word a blessing give.
3 O grant that each of us
now met before you here
may meet together thus
when you and yours appear
and follow you to heav'n, our home.
E'en so, Amen! Lord Jesus, come!
Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #925
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On what has now been sown. J. Newton. [Close of Service.] This hymn is in common use in three forms, as follows:—
1. The original in 1 stanza of 6 lines. This is found in a few of the older collections. The stanza is the sixth of J. Newton's hymn "What contradictions meet," which appeared in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book ii., No. 26.
2. The same stanza, with the addition of a doxology as given in Common Praise, 1879.
3. The same stanza, with the addition of J. Newton's “Short Hymn," "To Thee our wants are known," from the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book iii., No. 103. This is No. 68 in the Irish Church Hymnal, 1873.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)