Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Words: Henry Alford, 1844; first appeared in Alford's Psalms and Hymns.

Music:  Unable to initialize MIDI player  "St. George's Windsor," George Job Elvey, 1858. The tune's name come from Elvey's position at St. George's Chapel.
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  1  Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
     All is 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.
  2  All the world is God's own field, fruit as praise to God we yield;
     Wheat and tares together sown are to joy or sorrow grown.
     First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
     Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.
  3  For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take the harvest home;
     From the field shall in that day all offenses purge away,
     Giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast;
     But the fruitful ears to store in the garner evermore.
  4  Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring Thy final harvest home;
     Gather Thou Thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
     There, forever purified, in Thy presence to abide;
     Come, with all Thine angels come, raise the glorious harvest home.

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