Sow the Seed Beside All Waters   1 comment


Above:  Landscape with the Parable of the Sower, by Pieter Brueghel the Elder

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Presbyterian Book of Praise (1915), Presbyterian Church in Canada, via

Text by Robert Murray (1832-1915)


1.  Sow the seed beside all waters,

North and south and east and west,

That our toiling sons and daughters

In the harvest may be blest.

Tell the tidings of salvation

‘Mid the storms of Labrador;

Speak the word of consolation

By the lone Pacific shore.

2.  Where the forests old are falling,

Yielding place to lawn and lea;

Where the fisher plies his calling

‘Mid the perils of the sea;

Where the tide of commerce rushes

Through the city’s crowded street,

And unpitying mammon crushes

Poor and weak beneath his feet.

3.  Where our brothers, sowing, reaping,

Delving for the hidden ore,

Now with joy and now with weeping,

Labor to increase their store;

Where the stranger wanders lonely

In the homeless wilderness,

Tell of Jesus, Jesus only,

Who alone can save and bless.

4.  Tell how tenderly He careth

For the weary and oppressed,

How their burdens all He beareth,

As He leads them to His rest;

Tell that He, the Lord from heaven,

Died for all and lives again,

All through Him may be forgiven,

All with Him in glory reign.

5.  Tell His love beyond all telling,

Seeking, following those who flee,

Love rebellious hearts compelling

To His service glad and free.

Thus a precious harvest gather,

North and south and east and west,

To the glory of the Father,

Son and Spirit ever blest.

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