The earth, O Lord, is one wide field (Robert Wainwright)

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  • (Posted 2022-05-27)  CPDL #69405:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2022-05-27).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 65 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern.

General Information

Title: The earth, O Lord, is one wide field
Composer: Robert Wainwright
Tune: Manchester
Lyricist: John Mason Neale
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
Description: A descant to the hymn can be found here.

External websites:

Original text and translations

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The earth, O Lord, is one wide field
of all thy chosen seed;
the crop prepared its fruit to yield;
the labourers few indeed.

We therefore come before Thee now
with fasting and with prayer,
beseeching of thy love that thou
wouldst send more labourers there.

Not for our land alone we pray,
though that above the rest;
the realms and islands far away,
O let them all be blest.

Endue the Bishops of Thy flock
with wisdom and with grace,
against false doctrine, like a rock,
to set the heart and face.

To all thy Priests thy truth reveal,
and make thy judgements clear;
make thou thy deacons full of zeal,
and humble, and sincere.

And give their flocks a lowly mind
to hear and to obey;
that each and all may mercy find
at thine appearing day.