714. We Plow the Fields

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1 We plow the fields and scatter
the good seed on the land,
but it is fed and watered
by God's almighty hand;
he sends the snow in winter,
the warmth to swell the grain,
the breezes and the sunshine,
and soft refreshing rain.

All good gifts around us
are sent from heav'n above,
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord
for all his love.

2 He only is the Maker
of all things near and far;
he paints the wayside flower,
he lights the evening star;
the winds and waves obey him,
by him the birds are fed;
much more to us, his children,
he gives our daily bread. (Refrain)

3 We thank you, then, O Father,
for all things bright and good,
the seed-time and the harvest,
our life, our health, our food:
no gifts have we to offer
for all thy love imparts,
but that which you desire now;
our humble, thankful hearts. (Refrain)

Text Information
First Line: We plow the fields and scatter
Title: We Plow the Fields
Author: Matthias Claudius (1782)
Translator: Jane M. Campbell (1861; alt. 1990, mod.)
Publication Date: 1990
Scripture: Luke 12:24; Acts 14:17
Topic: Special Topics: Harvest and Thanksgiving; God: Love and Grace of; God in Nature
Language: English
Refrain First Line: All good gifts around us are sent
Tune Information
Composer: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, 1747-1800 (1800)
Key: A Major

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