WIR PFLÜGENComposer: J. A. P. Schulz (1800)
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|Composer:||J. A. P. Schulz (1800)|
|Meter:||184.108.40.206 D with refrain|
|Incipit:||51155 31543 21556|
We plough 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 heaven above;
Then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord
For all His love.
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WIR PFLÜGEN (named after the incipit of Schulz’s original third stanza) was published anonymously in the Hanover collection Lieder für Volksschulen (1800). But it was credited to Johann A. P. Schulz in Lindner’s Berlin songbook Jungenfreund (1812). The harmonization by John B. Dykes (PHH 147) was first published in the 1861 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern.
The tune is noted for its opening phrase, which encompasses a very wide range, but that doesn’t appear to discourage most congregations from singing it. Sing the stanzas in unison (note that lines 1 and 4 are unison) and the refrain in harmony. Change the organ registration before stanza 3 to highlight the change of focus in the text: as we sing stanzas 1 and 2, we address each other, but in stanza 3 we address God.
Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (b. Lunebirg, Germany, 1747; d. Schwedt and der Oder, Germany, 1800) had a distinguished career in music, though his father wanted him to become a pastor. At the age of fifteen Schulz traveled to Berlin by himself to seek out a good music teacher. He persevered in his musical training under the composer and theorist Johann Philipp Kirnberger. Appointed accompanist and music teacher to the Polish princess Sophia Woiwodin in 1768, Schulz traveled all through Europe and was exposed to many different kinds of music. After1775 he had a number of prestigious positions, including director of the Royal French Theater in Berlin (1776-1780), director of music for Prince Henry of Prussia (1780-1787), and the director of the Royal Danish Theater (1787-1795). Schulz composed operas, instrumental works, church music, and song settings in a folk-music style, often setting the poems of great literary figures to music.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
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|Instances (13)||First Line||Text Title||Refrain First Line||Authors||Composers||Meter||Scripture||Tune Title||Tune Key||Incipit||Languages||Publication Date|
|Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1081||Johann A. P. Schulz||CLAUDIUS||511553154321556||2007|
|Church Hymnary, Fourth Edition #229||We plough the field and scatter||Matthias Claudius (1740-1815); Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817-1878)||Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (1747-180); John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876)||220.127.116.11 D with refrain||WIR PFLÜGEN||A Major||English||2005|
|Common Praise #258||We plough the fields and scatter||We Plough the Fields and Scatter||Matthias Claudius (1740-1815); Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817-1878)||Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (1747-1800); Melva Treffinger Graham (1947-)||18.104.22.168 D with refrain||Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 107; Philippians 4:1-9; Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 107; Philippians 4:1-9||WIR PFLÜGEN||1998|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #681||We plow the fields and scatter||All good gifts around us||Jame M. Campbell, 1817-1878; Matthias Claudius, 1740-1815||Johann A. P. Schulz, 1747-1800||22.214.171.124 D with refrain||WIR PFLÜGEN||A Major||2006|
|Hinário para o Culto Cristão #30||A terra semeamos||A Terra Semeamos||De todo bem a fonte||Henry Maxwell Wright; Matthias Claudius||Johann Abraham Peter Schulz||126.96.36.199 D with refrain||WIR PFLÜGEN||A Major||German; Portuguese||1991|
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #291||We plow the field and scatter||Matthias Claudius, 1740-1815; Jane Montgomery Campbell, 1817-1878||Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, 1747-1800||188.8.131.52 D with refrain||WIR PFLUGEN||A Major||English||1985|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #456||We plow the fields and scatter||We Plow the Fields and Scatter||All good gifts around us||Matthais Clauduis; Jane Montgomery Campbell||John B. Dykes; Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, 1747-1800||184.108.40.206 D with refrain||Psalm 104; Genesis 8:22; Psalm 145:16; Ezekiel 34:26-27; Acts 14:17; Acts 14; Philippians 4:9||WIR PFLÜGEN||A Flat Major||English||1987|
|Rejoice in the Lord #17||We plow the fields and scatter||We Plow the Fields and Scatter||All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above||Jane Montgomery-Campbell; M. Claudius||J. B. Dykes; J. A. P. Schultz||220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 with refrai||Matthew 6:26; Genesis 8:22; Psalm 145:16; Mark 4:41||WIR PFLUGEN||A Major||English||1985|
|Revival Hymns and Choruses #558||We plough the fields and scatter||We Plough the Fields||All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above||Matthias Claudius, 1740-1815; Jane Montgomery Campbell, 1817-1878||Johann Abraham Peter Schultz, 1747-1800||22.214.171.124 D with refrain||WIR PFLUGEN||A Flat Major||English||1982|
|Songs for Life #69||All good gifts around us||All Good Gifts Around Us||Jane Montgomery Campbell; Matthias Claudius||John B. Dykes; Johann A. P. Schulz||James 1:17||WIR PHLUGEN||G Major or modal||English||1995|
|Trinity Hymnal #714||We plow the fields and scatter||We Plow the Fields||All good gifts around us are sent||Matthias Claudius; Jane M. Campbell||Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, 1747-1800||126.96.36.199 D with refrain||Luke 12:24; Acts 14:17||WIR PFLÜGEN||A Major||English||1990|
|Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #520||We plough the field and scatter||We Plough the Fields||Jane Montgomery Campbell; Mathias Claudius||Johann Abraham Peter Schulz||188.8.131.52 D with refrain||WIR PFLÜGEN||A Flat Major||English||1996|
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #44||We plow the fields and scatter||Wir Pflügen||1996|