Lord of the harvest, once again

Lord of the harvest, once again. Joseph Anstice* (1808-1836). First published in Hymns by the late Joseph Anstice (Bridgwater, 1836), the collection of hymns printed after his death at the age of 27. It was included by Frances Mary Yonge* in The Child’s Christian Year (Oxford, 1841), for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, preceded by a quotation from Psalm 65:12: ‘Thou crownest the year with Thy goodness: and Thy clouds drop fatness’, and followed by Luke 11:3: ‘Give us day by day our daily bread.’ It appeared in the second edition of A&M (1875) and remained in hymn books until the 1920s. Anstice gives thanks ‘for all sweet holy thoughts’ inspired by the season of harvest-tide. They...

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