Scripture Verse

Neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:7

Introduction

Words: Re­gi­nald He­ber (1783–1826). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Writ­ten and Adapt­ed to the Week­ly Church Ser­vice of the Year (Lon­don: J. Mur­ray, 1827), pag­es 47–48.

Music: Cam­den Road A. Hud­son, in The Pil­grim Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by Charles L. Noyes & Charles L. Zieg­ler (New York: Pil­grim Press, 1904), num­ber 538 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know Hud­son’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
Reginald Heber
(1783–1826)

Lyrics

Oh God! by whom the seed is giv’n;
By whom the harvest blest;
Whose word, like manna show’red from Heav’n,
Is planted in our breast;

Preserve it from the passing feet,
And plunderers of the air;
The sultry sun’s intenser heat,
And weeds of worldly care!

Though buried deep or thinly strown,
Do Thou Thy grace supply;
The hope in earthly furrows sown
Shall ripen in the sky!