Scripture Verse

Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35


Words: An­on­y­mous, in A Book of Hymns for Pub­lic and Pri­vate De­vo­tion, ed­it­ed by Sam­u­el Long­fel­low & Sam­u­el John­son, 4th edition (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Tick­nor, Reed & Fields, 1849), num­ber 389.

Music: In­vi­ta­tion (Ma­ker) Fred­er­ick C. Mak­er, 1881 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know the au­thor, or where to get a good pic­ture of him or Mak­er, would you ?


Joy! joy! a year is born;
A year to man is given,
For hope, and peace, and love,
For faith, and truth, and Heaven.
Though earth be dark with care,
With death and sorrow rife,
Yet toil, and pain, and prayer,
Lead to our higher life.

Behold, the fields are white!
No longer idly stand!
Go forth in love and might;
Man needs thy helping hand.
Thus may each day and year
To prayer and toil be given
Till man to God draw near,
And earth become like Heaven.