"Come Ye Thankful People, Come"
                            by Henry Alford, 1810-1871            
                                     Text From:
                         THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                  (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.409

        1. Come, ye thankful people, come;
        Raise the song of Harvest-home.
        All be safely gathered in
        Ere the winter storms begin;
        God, our Maker, doth provide
        For our wants to be supplied,
        Come to God's own temple, come;
        Raise the song of Harvest-home.

        2. All the world is God's own field,
        Fruit unto His praise to yield;
        Wheat and tares together sown,
        Unto joy or sorrow grown;
        First the blade and then the ear,
        Then the full corn shall appear.
        Lord of harverst, grant that we
        Wholesome grain and pure may be.

        3. For the Lord, our God, shall come
        And shall take His harvest home;
        From His field shall in that day
        All offences purge away;
        Give His angels charge at last
        In the fire the tares to cast,
        But the fruitful ears to store
        In His garner evermore.

        4. Even so, Lord, quickly come
        To Thy final Harvest-home;
        Gather Thou Thy people in,
        Free from sorrow, free from sin,
        There, forever purified,
        In Thy garner to abide.
        Come with all Thine angels, come,
        Raise the glorious Harvest-home.

Notes: Hymn #574 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Is. 9: 3 Author: Henry Alford, 1844, cento, alt. Composer: George J. Elvey, 1858 Tune: "St. George"
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