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