A Harvest Hymn (John Glasse)

“A Harvest Hymn” Sheet Music (pdf).
“A Harvest Hymn” Karaoke (midi with lyrics).

Lyrics: John Glasse.
Tune: “We Plow and Sow.”


There’s light upon the cornfield,
And yellow grows the grain.
The summer now is over,
And harvest comes a main.
The year is crowned with glory;
The vales with corn are glad.
But the reaper’s voice is silent;
The farmer’s heart is sad.

Cheer up, despondent workers!
When corn and wine abound,
For those who sow and reap our fields
Shall joy be found.

The lords have now the vintage;
The bankers claim the corn.
The produce of the farmer
By craft and guile is torn
From both himself and household
To spend in court and hall
On minions and their masters
Who crowd to hunt and ball.

Cheer up, despondent workers!
When corn and wine abound,
For those who sow and reap our fields
Shall joy be found.

Arise, O downcast toiler!
With sickle in thy hand.
Two harvests lie this morning
The length of this good land.
The one is now before thee
With plenty for thy need.
Let the idlers reap the whirlwind
Of which they’ve sown the seed.

Cheer up, despondent workers!
When corn and wine abound,
For those who sow and reap our fields
Shall joy be found.


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