O You Fertile Soil

Author: Toyohiko Kagawa

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Translator: Esther Hibbard

Hibbard, Esther. (Tokyo, Japan, September 23, 1903). Her father was student secretary of the Y.M.C.A. in Tokyo until they returned to the U.S.A. in 1913 by train through Siberia. She did her undergraduate work at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, and earned her Master's degree in English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1929, she served under the Congregational Mission Board in Japan for three years at the Doshaissha Christian High School for Girls. After this term of service, she decided to become a career missionary and taught at the Doshaissha College for Girls until 1941, when Americans were evacuated for the duration of World War II. She returned to the U.S., attending the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,… Go to person page >

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First Line: O you fertile soil
Title: O You Fertile Soil
Author: Toyohiko Kagawa (1953)
Translator: Esther Hibbard (1963)
Source: Japanese
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Sunk in deep need
Publication Date: 1983
Copyright: Words used by permission of the Japanese Hymnal Committee and Sumimoto Kagawa


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