Nursery Rhymes

We Plough the Fields and Scatter

We Plough the Fields and Scatter Lyrics and Music

The inspirational words and lyrics of the celebrated hymn begin with "We plough the fields and scatter The good seed on the land" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "We Plough the Fields and Scatter" hymn were written by its German author Matthias Claudius. The author of the hymn, Matthias Claudius, was born on August 15, 1740 and died on January 21, 1815. The joyous music that accompanies the "We Plough the Fields and Scatter" song of praise was composed by Johann Abraham Peter Schulz The composer of the music to the "We Plough the Fields and Scatter" hymn, Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, was born on March 31, 1747 and died on June 10, 1800. We have placed "We Plough the Fields and Scatter" in the category of Wedding Songs. Enjoy the illuminating lyrics of this popular Christian song and long-established church hymn.

We Plough the Fields and Scatter Hymn
Title: We Plough the Fields and Scatter *** Name of Composer: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Matthias Claudius *** Hymns Category: Wedding Songs

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the illuminating words of the "We Plough the Fields and Scatter" lyrics, Matthias Claudius (August 15, 1740-January 21, 1815), was born in Reinfeld, Holstein, Germany and achieved fame as a poet, scholar, editor and hymn writer.

We Plough the Fields and Scatter Lyrics

We plough the fields and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God's almighty hand:
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
And soft, refreshing rain.

Refrain:
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord,
O thank the Lord,
For all his love.

He only is the maker
Of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower,
He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey him,
By him the birds are fed;
Much more to us, his children,
He gives our daily bread.

We thank thee then, O Father,
For all things bright and good,
The seed time and the harvest,
Our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
For all thy love imparts,
And what thou most desirest,
Our humble, thankful hearts.

Refrain

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of "We Plough the Fields and Scatter", Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (March 31, 1747-June 10, 1800), was born in Luneberg, Germany and became famous as a teacher, composer and musician.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: We Plough the Fields and Scatter
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Matthias Claudius (August 15, 1740 to January 21, 1815)
Nationality of Author: German

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: Jane M. Campbell who translated the words from German to English in 1861

Name of Composer of Music: Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (March 31, 1747 to June 10, 1800)
Hymn Category: Wedding Songs
First Line of Hymn: "We plough the fields and scatter The good seed on the land"
First Publication Date: 1782

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