Words by Matthias Claudius, 1782
Translated by Jane M. Campbell, 1861
Tune: WIRP FLUGEN, attributed to Johann A. P. Schulz, 1800
Key signature: A flat major (4 flats)
1. We plow 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.
2. 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.
3. We thank Thee, then, O Father, for all things bright and good, The seed time and the harvest, our life, our health, and food; No gifts have we to offer, for all Thy love imparts, But that which Thou desirest, our humble, thankful hearts.