Come Ye Thankful People

Come Ye Thankful People (Saint George’s Windsor, Organ, 4 Verses)

Come Ye Thankful People Lyrics

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. We ourselves are 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.

3. For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences 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. Then, thou 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!

Meter: 77 77 D. Lyricist: Henry Alford (1810 – 1871). Public Domain.

St George’s Windsor ~ Recording

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Henry Alford (1810 – 1871) was wrote “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” while he was the rector of St Michael & All Angels, Aston Sandford in Buckinghamshire, England, one of the smallest churches in England. It first appeared in Hymns and Psalms in 1844. The hymn was set to the tune St. George’s, Windsor in 1858 by George Job Elvey (1816 – 1893) St. George’s, Windsor in 1858. 

Originally the hymn had seven verses, but was reduced to only four when republished by Alford in 1865, in his Poetical Works. It was further revised when published again in 1867 in Year of Praise.  In addition to being a well-known hymn for Harvest Festival, it is also popular in the United States as a Thanksgiving Hymn.

The first verse is written as a celebration of the harvest, calling for people to give thanks to God for it. The last two verses are believed to be based on the Parable of the Weeds or Tares.

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