Come, Ye Thankful People, Come was written by a Mr. Henry Alford. Mr. Alford served as a minister of the church his whole life. He was also a scholar writing many books as well as hymns during his lifetime. He died in England at the age of 61.
This beautiful hymn is an oft overlooked hymn that is perfect for Thanksgiving Day. It is probably my favorite of all the “thanksgiving” hymns. It has a sweet little tune and the words are a powerful reminder that God will one day bring His harvest to their eternal home!
Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.
God our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home.
All the world is God’s own field, fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade and then the ear, then the full corn shall appear;
Lord of harvest, grant that we wholesome grain and pure may be.
For the Lord our God shall come, and shall take his harvest home;
From His field shall in that day all offenses purge away,
Giving angels charge at last in the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store in His garner evermore.
Even so, Lord, quickly come, bring Thy final harvest home;
Gather Thou Thy people in, free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified, in Thy garner to abide;
Come, with all Thine angels come, raise the glorious harvest home.