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Sowing in sadness through long, weary years

Sowing in sadness through long, weary years

Author: F. E. Belden
Published in 3 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Sowing in sadness through long, weary years
Scattering seed with the fast falling tears;
O how we long for the glad harvest day,
When sheaves are gathered, and tears wiped away!

Sowing in tears through long, weary years;
Wait, only wait, till the harvest appears.

2 Sowing good seed as in sadness we go;
Sure is the promise, to reap what we sow;
Tears only water the grain that we cast,
God will bestow us the increase at last. [Chorus]

3 Sow to the Spirit, and life we shall reap,
Life everlasting, where none ever weep;
Heaven will yield us a harvest of peace,
When all the labors of summer shall cease. [Chorus]

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #1259

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Sowing in sadness through long, weary years
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sowing in tears through long, weary years
Copyright: Public Domain



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Hymns for Use in Divine Worship ... Seventh-Day Adventists #d970

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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #1259

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