Raise your eyes and look at the fields and see, they are white for harvest.@John 4:35

Birdie Bell, in Jubilant Voices, edited by W. Howard Doane, Elisha A. Hoffman, William Kirkpatrick & Charles H. Gabriel (Chicago, Illinois: Hope Publishing Company, 1905), number 84.

Gdynia William J. Kirkpatrick, 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

Harvest fields are waiting,
White the waving grain;
Christ the Master calleth,
Soon the day will wane.
Hasten at His bidding,
Join the reaper band,
Help them at their labor,
Work with willing hand.

Refrain

Harvest fields are waiting,
Labor while you may;
Time is swiftly flying,
Come and work today.

Harvest fields are waiting,
Do not linger long;
Borne upon the breezes,
Comes the reaper’s song.
Patiently, O toiler,
Pluck the golden grain,
Ere the shades of evening
Fall o’er hill and plain.

Refrain

Harvest fields are waiting:
Who will come today,
Join the band of reapers,
Bear the sheaves away?
Soon the day of toiling
Will be ever past;
May the Master’s greeting
Be Well done at last!

Refrain