Friday, November 23, 2012

All good gifts around us...

Continuing the theme of thankfulness this week, a special hymn from the Divine Office,
the Liturgy of the Hours for Wednesday, Week II, Morning Prayer:

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:


All good gifts around us
Are sent from heav’n 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 ev’ning 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 you then, dear Father,
For all things bright and good:
The seedtime and the harvest,
Our life, our health, our food.
And all that we can offer
Your boundless love imparts;
The gifts to you most pleasing
Are humble, thankful hearts.

[Text: Wir Pflüegen and wir streuen
M. Claudius, 1740-1815 
Translator: Jane N. Campbell]

As some of you know, some of these words became lyrics for the song, "All Good Things," featured in the musical Godspell:

Here's one of the hundreds of versions you can find on youtube