A Thanksgiving Hymn

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by Kay Swatkowski

One of my favorite memories from childhood comes from the Thanksgiving holiday. Going to school in the 50’s and 60’s I recall hearing the stories of the Pilgrims and singing Thanksgiving Hymns such as We Gather Together and Come Ye Thankful People Come. Singing these hymns both at school and at a church Thanksgiving service filled me with a sense of gratitude for all of God’s Blessings.

Here are the words for Come Ye Thankful People Come. Maybe you will have an opportunity to share these words with a family member. If not, hold your own short Thanksgiving service by singing this hymn of praise to the Lord.

Come Ye Thankful People Come Thanksgiving Hymn

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.

All the world is God’s own field,
Fruit unto God’s 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:
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

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

Even so, Lord, quickly come
To 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.

Do you remember singing this hymn as a child?  Leave a comment below about your own Thanksgiving experiences as a child.

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