Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11
Words: John Needham, Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768), number 56.
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To praise the ever bounteous Lord,
My soul, wake all thy powers;
He calls, and at His voice come forth
The smiling harvest hours.
His covenant with the earth He keeps;
My tongue His goodness sing:
Summer and winter know their time,
His harvest crowns the spring.
Well pleased the toiling swains behold
The waving yellow crop:
With joy they bear the sheaves away,
And sow again in hope.
Thus teach me, gracious God, to sow
The seeds of righteousness:
Smile on my soul, and with Thy beams
The ripening harvest bless.
Then in the last great harvest I
Shall reap a glorious crop:
The harvest shall by far exceed
What I have sowed in hope.