To Thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise

To Thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise

Author: W. Chatterton Dix (1864)
Published in 89 hymnals

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1 To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise
in hymns of adoration,
to thee bring sacrifice of praise
with shouts of exultation:
bright robes of gold the fields adorn,
the hills with joy are ringing,
the valleys stand so thick with corn
that even they are singing.

2 And now, on this our festal day,
thy bounteous hand confessing,
upon thine altar, Lord, we lay
the first-fruits of thy blessing:
by thee the hungry soul is fed
with gifts of grace supernal;
thou who dost give us earthly bread,
give us the bread eternal.

3 We bear the burden of the day,
and often toil seems dreary;
but labour ends with sunset ray,
and rest comes for the weary:
may we, the angel-reaping o'er,
stand at the last accepted,
Christ's golden sheaves for evermore
to garners bright elected.

4 O blessèd is that land of God,
where saints abide for ever;
where golden fields spread far and broad,
where flows the crystal river:
the strains of all its holy throng
with ours today are blending;
thrice blessèd is that harvest-song
which never hath an ending.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #289

Author: W. Chatterton Dix

Dix, William Chatterton, son of John Dix, surgeon, of Bristol, author of the Life of Chatterton; Local Legends, &c, born at Bristol, June 14, 1837, and educated at the Grammar School of that city. Mr. Chatterton Dix's contributions to modern hymnody are numerous and of value. His fine Epiphany hymn, "As with gladness men of old,” and his plaintive ”Come unto Me, ye weary," are examples of his compositions, many of which rank high amongst modern hymns. In his Hymns of Love and Joy, 1861, Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist, 1867; Vision of All Saints, &c, 1871; and Seekers of a City, 1878, some of his compositions were first published. The greater part, however, were contributed to Hymns Ancient & Modern; St. Raphaels Hymnbook, 186… Go to person page >


To Thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise. W. C. Dix. [Harvest.] This hymn was given with five others at the end of the St. Raphael’s (Bristol) Hymns for the Service of the Church, 1864, No. 202, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. By a printer's error it is accompanied by a note which really belonged to the next hymn, No. 203, "The Church of God lifts up her voice". In 1867 "To Thee, O Lord, &c." was given in the People's Hymnal, and since then it has passed into numerous collections, including Hymns Ancient & Modern, the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, Thring's Collection, and others. The fourth stanza is also given as a concluding chorus to Dr. Stainer's harvest anthem, "Ye shall dwell in the land." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)




Sullivan composed the tune for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign; hence a few hymnals call it JUBILEE.

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Instances (1 - 11 of 11)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #289Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #780
Church Family Worship #510
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #274Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #696TextPage Scan
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #291
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #291
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #524
Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #310
The Cyber Hymnal #6873TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #261TextPage Scan
Include 78 pre-1979 instances
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