He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.@John 4:36
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R. Kelso Carter (1849-1928)

R. Kelso Carter, in The Gospel Hymnal, edited by Edwin O. Excell (Cincinnati, Ohio: Jennings & Pye, 1899), number 25 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Oh! the sowing time seems weary
And full oft the workers cry,
To the Lord who rules the harvest,
For the reaping by and by.

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What a reaping, reaping,
What a reaping it will be by and by.
Every sorrow we have known,
Every tear that we have sown,
What a reaping it will be by and by!

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In the sorrow and the suffering,
When each breath is but a sigh;
Though we sow in tears, remember
There’s a reaping by and by.

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When our hearts are strained to breaking,
Comfort other sufferers nigh;
And our harvest will be doubled
In the reaping by and by.

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For the love of Christ is flowing
In a stream that’s never dry;
He will water all our sowing,
For the reaping by and by.

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