Scripture Verse

The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Matthew 9:37

Introduction

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Eden R. Latta
(1839–1915)

Words: Ed­en R. Lat­ta, in Song-Land Mes­sen­ger No. 2, ed­it­ed by An­tho­ny J. Sho­wal­ter, John S. Hen­dricks et al. (Dall­as, Tex­as & Dal­ton, Geor­gia: Sho­wal­ter-Lin­coln & A. J. Sho­wal­ter, 1898), num­ber 147.

Music: Val-d’Oise J. S. Bar­nett (🔊 pdf nwc).

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

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Harvesting the Sheaves
George Clausen (1852–1944)

Lyrics

See the harvesters reaping!
Idle they never stand;
They are faithfully keeping,
Keeping the Lord’s command.

Refrain

Reaping, reaping,
Chanting a hopeful strain!
Go and help them labor,
Reaping the golden grain.

See the harvesters reaping,
Many be they or few!
And, if smiling or weeping,
Toiling the whole day through!

Refrain

See the harvesters reaping,
Gathering all they may!
Sheaves of life they are keeping,
Ready to bear away!

Refrain

See the harvesters reaping,
Reaping the harvest vast;
Though the shadows be creeping,
Still they are working fast!

Refrain

See the harvesters reaping,
Patient, and brave, and true!
Be not idle, nor sleeping,
When there is work to do.

Refrain