Harvest ( A John Newton Poem )

13 Sep

See! the corn again in ear!
How the fields and valleys smile!
Harvest now is drawing near
To repay the farmer’s toil:
Gracious Lord, secure the crop,
Satisfy the poor with food;
In thy mercy is our hope,
We have sinned but thou art good.

While I view the plenteous grain
As it ripens on the stalk;
May I not instruction gain,
Helpful, to my daily walk?
All this plenty of the field
Was produced from foreign seeds;
For the earth itself would yield
Only crops of useless weeds.

Though, when newly sawn, it lay
Hid awhile beneath the ground,
Some might think it thrown away
Now a large increase is found:
Though concealed, it was not lost,
Though it died, it lives again;
Eastern storms, and nipping frosts
Have opposed its growth in vain.

Let the praise be all the Lord’s,
As the benefit is ours!
He, in seasons, still affords
Kindly heat, and gentle flow’rs:
By his care the produce thrives
Waving o’er the furrowed lands;
And when harvest-time arrives,
Ready for the reaper stands.

Thus in barren hearts he sows
Precious seeds of heav’nly joy;
Sin, and hell, in vain oppose,
None can grace’s crop destroy:
Threatened oft, yet still it blooms,
After many changes past,
Death, the reaper, when he comes,
Finds it fully ripe at last.


Posted by on September 13, 2014 in christian poem, Faith, hope, John Newton, Life, Love, Religion


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10 responses to “Harvest ( A John Newton Poem )

  1. cucumberlodge

    September 13, 2014 at 6:49 am

    That’s one tremendous poem. Thanks for posting.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Heather

    September 13, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Favorite lines: “All this plenty of the field, Was produced from foreign seeds; For the earth itself would yield,Only crops of useless weeds.”
    This poem made me think of this sermon my friend shared with me from her church last week about Jesus’s parable of the soil….
    The audio jumps right into the sermon or if you’re visual the video has the whole service with the sermon starting about half way through. Thought you might enjoy- it was well worth the the listen. Happy Weekend Levi!


    • Levi Thetford

      September 13, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Thank you for this Heather. I will download and listen on my flight tomorrow. You haver a great weekend too. I appreciate you!!


      • Heather

        September 15, 2014 at 10:55 am

        Thank you 🙂 Happy Flying Levi! : )


        • Levi Thetford

          September 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

          I’m here now, dear girl. Doing Jewish evangelism now and for the week. Have a great week!!!


          • Heather

            September 15, 2014 at 11:09 am

            Awesome!! You do the same Levi! Prayers for the Lord’s will to be done there this week!


  3. Anna

    September 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I love this poem! So beautiful and inspirational. 🙂


    • Levi Thetford

      September 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      I agree. Newton has a lot of good ones. I post one of his every Sat. until I run out. There are still about 3 years to go. Lol.

      Liked by 1 person


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