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694. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Text: Henry Alford, 1810-1871
Music: George J. Elvey, 1816-1893
Tune: ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR, Meter: 77.77 D

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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