Sow In the Morn Thy Seed Lyrics
Author: James Montgomery
1 Sow in the morn thy seed,
At eve hold not thy hand;
To doubt and fear give thou no heed,
Broadcast it o’er the land.
2 Thou know’st not which may thrive,
The late or early sown,
God keeps his precious seed alive,
When and wherever strown.
3 Thou canst not toil in vain;
Cold, heat, and moist, and dry,
Shall foster and mature the grain
For garners in the sky.
4 Thence, when the glorious end,
The day of God is come,
The angel reapers shall descend,
And heav’n cry “Harvest Home.”
Sow in the Morn Thy Seed Hymn Story
James Montgomery is the author of this hymn, “Sow in the Morn Thy Seed”, in 1832. It was based on the experience of the author who was travelling with a blind friend, Rowland Hodgson.
It was one morning in the month of February 1832, James and his friend were travelling between Gloucester and Tewkesbury in England, UK when they passed a field.
It was clear that the field had just been plowed recently and in it were some women and girls in rows.
Their stooping attitude appeared as if they were weeding had the clean fresh surface of the field proved this to be impossible.
It seemed to James Montgomery that they were planting something.
He then turned to his blind to describe what he was seeing. His friend replied, “I dare say it is dibbling, a much more economical way of sowing than the usual method. Holes are made in the field, and two or three grains of corn dropped into each hole.”
Montgomery rejoined, “Well, give me broadcast sowing for this dibbling is most un-picturesque, with grace neither of attitude nor of motion in it.”
As they journeyed on Montgomery contemplated the subject of husbandry until this song started to form in his mind.
You will notice that in the first verse James adheres to his preference for “broadcasting” rather than “dibbling” as method of sowing.
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