William Cowper, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 85
Ye sons of earth prepare the plow,|
Break up your fallow ground!
The Sower is gone forth to sow,
And scatter blessings round.
2. The seed that finds a stony soil,
3. The thorny ground is sure to baulk
4. The beaten path and highway side|
Receive the trust in vain
The watchful birds the spoil divide,
And pick up all the grain.
5. But where the Lord of grace and pow'r
6. Father of mercies we have need
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