We plough the fields, and scatter (Johann Abraham Peter Schulz)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-21).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 164 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: We plough the fields, and scatter
Composer: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz
Tune: Wir pflügen
Lyricist: Matthias Claudius

Translation by Jane Montgomery Campbell

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 76. D. 66. 84

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 290

Description:

External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html

Original text and translations

English.png English text

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.
Refrain: All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
for all his love.

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

We thank thee then, O Father,
for all things bright and good,
the seed-time and the harvest,
our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
for all thy love imparts,
and, what thou most desirest,
our humble, thankful hearts.
Refrain