Sowing the Tares

Sowing the tares, when it might have been wheat

Published in 32 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Sowing the tares, when it might have been wheat,
Sowing of malice, spite, and deceit;
We might have sown roses amid life’s sad cares,
While we were so cruelly sowing the tares.

Chorus:
Sowing the tares, when it might have been wheat,
Sowing of malice, spite, and deceit;
We might have sown roses amid life’s sad cares,
But we plead for forgiveness for sowing the tares.

2 Sowing the tares! oh, how dark the black sin!
Mingling a curse with life’s sweetest hymn,
And heeding no anguish, no piteous pray’rs,
While we were so cruelly sowing the tares. [Chorus]

3 Sowing the tares that will bring sorrow down,
Rob of its jewels life’s fairest crown,
And turning to silver the once golden hairs,
Grown whiter as thoughtlessly we sowed the tares. [Chorus]

4 Sowing the tares, under cover of night,
Which might have been wheat all golden and bright;
O heart, turn to God with repentance and pray’rs,
And plead for forgiveness for sowing the tares. [Chorus]


Source: Rodeheaver's Gospel Solos and Duets #78

Text Information

First Line: Sowing the tares, when it might have been wheat
Title: Sowing the Tares
Source: Words by a convict.; Rescue Songs, 1890.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sowing, sowing
Publication Date: 1890
Notes: A prisoner in the Maryland penitentiary, after hearing Mr. D. L. Moody, retired to his cell where he wrote these sad words and handed them to Mr. Moody, who read them at Maryland Institute the same day.
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

Notes

Dedicated to "Brother Will." M. Cell 1069.

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