Songs & Hymns

Come Ye Thankful People Come

(Gathering, Praise, General)
This traditional harvest hymn is partly about harvesting and gathering of crops but also about the 'harvest' of souls, where believers are gathered together to be with God.

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Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest-home:
All be safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home! 

All the world is God's own field,
Fruit unto his praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Grant, O harvest Lord, that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take his harvest home;
From his field shall purge away
All that doth offend, that day;
Give his angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore.

Then, the Church triumphant come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All be safely gathered in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified
In God's garner to abide:
Come, ten thousand angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home!


Words: Henry Alford (1810-1871)

This arrangement © 2005 The Royal School of Church Music, 19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EB.  This song may be photocopied under the terms of the CCLE Music Reproduction Licence. CCLI Song No. 2647504. Please quote 'Worship Workshop' and include the Song No. in your annual report.

Music produced and mixed by Nic Rowley at Vandborg Studios. Backing tracks arranged, performed and recorded by Nic Rowley, Jane Carr, James Welch and Katie Chatburn.  Recording engineer James Welch at Masterlink Productions. Organist Gillian Lloyd. Recorded on the organ of Guildford United Reformed Church by kind permission of the Elders.

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