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We Plow the Fields and Scatter

Words by Matthias Claudius, 1782
Translated by Jane M. Campbell, 1861
Tune: WIR PFLUGEN, attributed to Johann A. P. Schulz, 1800
Key signature: A flat major (4 flats)
Time signature: 4/4
Public Domain
Organ Performance at Hymns Without Words
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.