The God of harvest praise

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The God of harvest praise,
In loud thanksgivings, raise
Hand, heart, and voice;
The valleys laugh and sing,
Forests and mountains ring,
The plains their tribute bring,
The streams rejoice.

Of food for man and beast,
Jehovah spreads a feast,
Above, beneath:
Ye herds and flocks, draw near,
Fowls, ye are welcome here;
His goodness crowns the year
For all that breathe.

Garden and orchard ground,
Autumnal fruits have crown'd,
The vintage glows:
Here plenty pours her horn;
There the full tide of corn,
Sway'd by the breath of morn,
The land o'erflows.

The wind, the rain, the sun,
Their genial work have done;
Wouldst thou be fed?
Man, to thy labour bow,
Thrust in the sickle now,
Reap where thou once didst plough,
God sends thee bread.

Thy few seeds scatter'd wide,
His hand hath multiplied;
Here thou may'st find
Christ's miracle renew'd;
With self-producing food,
He feeds a multitude,--
He feeds mankind.

The God of harvest praise;
Hands, hearts, and voices raise
With one accord;
From field to garner throng,
Bearing your sheaves along;
And in your harvest song,
Bless ye the Lord.

Yea, bless His Holy Name,
And your souls' thanks proclaim
Through all the earth:
To glory in your lot
Is comely;--but be not
His benefits forgot
Amidst your mirth.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >


The God of harvest praise. J. Montgomery. [Harvest.] The original manuscript of this hymn is dated 1840. From Holland's Memoirs of Montgomery we find that in August, 1840, the poet.visited the widow of E. C. Brackenbury of Raithby Hall, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, and that on his return journey he wrote this hymn. On reaching Sheffield he gave the stanzas to Holland, saying, "You may do what you like with them." Holland adds, "The hint was well understood, and the author's townsmen had the pleasure of reading his beautiful harvest hymn the next day in the Sheffield Mercury" (Memoirs, vol. v. p. 407). It was also printed in the Evangelical Magazine of Nov. 1840, as "A Harvest Hymn for 1840," and dated "The Mount, Sheffield, Sept. 1840." Montgomery included it in his Original Hymns, 1853, No, 279, in 7 stanzas of 7 lines. It is a spirited hymn, and in an abbreviated form would be of some value.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Felice de Giardini (b. Turin, Italy, 1716; d. Moscow, Russia, 1796) composed ITALIAN HYMN in three parts for this text at the request of Selina Shirley, the famous evangelically minded Countess of Huntingdon. Giardini was living in London at the time and contributed this tune and three others to Mar…

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