Sunday, June 1, 2014

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #20

I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).

I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.

The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"

I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.

Today's feature song is "We Plow the Fields and Scatter" written by Matthias Claudius(1740-1815)& Tr. Jane M. Campbell (1817-1878) & composed by Johann A.P. Schulz (1747-1800).  This was originally a German Hymn by Matthias Claudius called "'Wir pflügen und wir streuen".  Then later it was translated into English by Jane Campbell.
Below the lyrics I have included two YouTube Videos of this hymn.  The first is from a beautiful church in Detroit & the second is just musical but I loved the scenery!

Turn with me to number 561 in your hymnals and let's sing:

We Plow the Fields and Scatter
by Matthias Claudius(1740-1815)& Tr. Jane M. Campbell (1817-1878) & composed by Johann A.P. Schulz (1747-1800).  

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.


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 seedtime and the harvest, Our life, our health, our food;  No gifts have we to offer, For all Thy love imparts, But that which Thou desirest, Our humble, thankful hearts.



All good gifts around us Are sent from heaven above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord For all His love.

A special thanks to "StJohnsPriest" for sharing this with us!

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1 comment:

  1. That one I don't know... first one you shred that I didn't!

    Have a blessed day!


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