Sow the seed beside all waters

Sow the seed beside all waters

Author: Robert Murray
Published in 10 hymnals

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Representative Text

1. Sow the seed beside all waters,
North and south and east and west,
That our toiling sons and daughters
In the harvest may be blessed.
Tell the tidings of salvation
’Mid the storms of Labrador;
Speak the word of consolation
By the lone Pacific shore.

2. Where the forests old are falling,
Yielding place to lawn and lea;
Where the fisher plies his calling
’Mid the perils of the sea;
Where the tide of commerce rushes
Through the city’s crowded street,
And unpitying Mammon crushes
Poor and weak beneath his feet.

3. Where our brothers, sowing, reaping,
Delving for the hidden ore,
Now with joy and now with weeping
Labor to increase their store;
Where the stranger wanders lonely
In the homeless wilderness,
Tell of Jesus, Jesus only,
Who alone can save and bless.

4. Tell how tenderly He careth
For the weary and oppressed,
How their burdens all He beareth,
As He leads them to His rest;
Tell that He, the Lord from heaven,
Died for all and lives again,
All through Him may be forgiven,
All with Him in glory reign.

5. Tell His love beyond all telling,
Seeking, following those who flee,
Love rebellious hearts compelling
To His service glad and free.
Thus a precious harvest gather,
North and south and east and west,
To the glory of the Father,
Son, and Spirit ever blest.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #6256

Author: Robert Murray

Murray, Robert, Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, born Dec. 25, 1832, is the author of "From ocean unto ocean" (National Hymn), and "Lord, Thou lov'st the cheerful giver" (Almsgiving), in the Scotch Church Hymnary, 1898. [Rev. James Bonar M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sow the seed beside all waters
Author: Robert Murray
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

AUTUMN

The authorship of this tune is not clear, with different editors attributing the tune to different composers (or not naming one at all). See the instances list below for the different attributions. Some editors also describe AUTUMN as "adapted from Psalm xlii in the Genevan Psalter, 1551", referring…

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EVERTON (Smart)


BETHANY (Smart)

BETHANY, named after the village near Jerusalem, is a suitably dramatic tune for the song text. It was composed by Henry Smart (b. Marylebone, London, England, 1813; d. Hampstead, London, 1879), a capable composer of church music who wrote some very fine hymn tunes (REGENT SQUARE, 354, is the best-k…

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Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #6256
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Instances

Instances (1 - 10 of 10)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Church Hymnal, Third Edition #283
Junior Church School Hymnal #d136
Services and Songs for use in the Junior Department of the Church School #d70
The Book of Common Praise, being the Hymn Book of the Church of England in Canada. Annotated ed. #d595
The Book of Common Praise: being the hymn book of The Church of England in Canada (revised 1938) #278
The Book of Praise #388
The Church School Hymnal for Youth #d270
The Cyber Hymnal #6256TextScoreAudio
The Presbyterian Book of Praise: approved and commended by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, with Tunes #448Page Scan
The Presbyterian Book of Praise: approved and commended by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; With tunes; Part I. Selections from the Psalter. Part II. The Hymnal, rev, and en. #448Page Scan
Exclude 9 pre-1979 instances
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