The seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the Word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.@Matthew 13:23

Margaret Snodgrass, in Augsburg Songs for Sunday School and Other Services (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Lutheran Publication Society, 1885), number 101.

Crestwood John H. Kissinger, 1885 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John H. Kissinger (1845-1922)

To Thee we sing, our glorious king,
Do Thou, O Savior, hear us;
And as we bow before Thee now,
Oh, be Thou very near us.

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The seed is sown, the seed is sown
In faith tho’ little knowing;
The seed is sown, the seed is sown,
Oh, care Thou for the growing.

What we have heard from out Thy Word,
Enrich it with Thy blessing;
Each wandering thought while Thou hast taught,
We come to Thee confessing.

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Where’er we be, still close to Thee,
Oh, keep us, Thine for ever;
We would be true in all we do,
And lose Thy blessing never.

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