Scripture Verse

As…the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. Matthew 13:40

Introduction

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Henry J. E. Holmes
(1852–1938)

Words: Jo­seph Hinch­sliffe, Fa­vou­rite Hymns, Odes, and An­thems, as Sung at the Me­thod­ist Cha­pels in Shef­field, Ro­ther­ham, Don­cas­ter, and Not­ting­ham Cir­cuits, fifth ed­i­tion, 1797.

Music: Pat­er Om­ni­um Hen­ry J. E. Holmes, 1875 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Hinch­sliffe (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of Holmes, would you ?

Lyrics

This is the field, the world below,
In which the sowers came to sow,
Jesus the wheat, Satan the tares,
For so the word of truth declares:
And soon the reaping time will come,
And angels shout the harvest home.

Most awful truth! and is it so?
Must all the world that harvest know?
Is every man or wheat or tare?
Then for that harvest O prepare!
For soon the reaping time will come,
And angels shout the harvest home.

To love my sins—a saint to appear,
To grow with wheat—yet be a tare,
May serve me while I live below,
Where tares and wheat together grow:
But soon the reaping time will come,
And angels shout the harvest home.

But all who truly righteous be
Their Father’s kingdom then shall see;
And shine like suns for ever there:
He that hath ears, now let him hear;
For soon the reaping time will come,
And angels shout the harvest home.