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Seed Time and Harvest. 291
Lord of the harvest! Thee we hail; Thine ancient promise doth not fail; The varying seasons haste their round, With goodness all our years are crown'd :
Our thanks we pay
This holy day; O let our hearts in tune be found !
If Spring doth wake the song of mirth If Summer warms the fruitful earth ; When Winter sweeps the naked plain. Or Autumn yields its ripen'd grain ;
Still do we sing
To Thee, our King ; Through all their changes Thou dost reign.
But chiefly when Thy liberal hand Scatters new plenty o'er the land, When sounds of music fill the air, As homeward all their treasures bear;
We too will raise
Our hymn of praise, For we Thy common bounties share.
Lord of the harvest! all is Thine ! The rains that fall, the suns that shine, The seed once hidden in the ground, The skill that makes our fruits abound !
New, every year,
Thy gifts appear; New praises from our lips shall sound !
John Hampden Gumey. 1838—1851