Bringing in the Sheaves

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"Bringing in the Sheaves" is a Christian hymn written by Knowles Shaw in the 19th century. The theme of its lyrics relates to the biblical phrase "reap what you sow" and reminds Christians to sow at all times with faith in "waiting for the harvest." This song inspires us to sow works of righteousness and faith as Christ and His apostles taught. Discover the background story of Knowles Shaw and the many Bible verses referenced throughout this hymn below!

1 Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Bringing in the sheaves,
Bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves;

Bringing in the sheaves,
Bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

2 Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter's chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. [Refrain]

3 Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping's over, He will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. [Refrain]

Songwriters Knowles Shaw Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind Bringing in the Sheaves

According to, "Knowles Shaw...was born near New London, in Morgan Township, Ohio, on the 13th of October, 1834. His mother's maiden name was Huldah Griffin, and by both of his parents, he was of Scottish extraction. His early life was spent in Rush County, Indiana, where he first began to play the violin, furnishing the music for many a dance. While the ball was going on he was converted, ceasing to play in the middle of the piece he was performing. Very soon thereafter he entered the ministry of the Christian Church. On the 11th of January, 1855, he married Miss Martha Finley. Most of his time after entering the ministry was spent in the West and South, and on account of his wonderful vocal powers he was called the "singing evangelist."

As a singer, reporters of the press all spoke of his singing as something wonderful. Soon after beginning to preach, he started to compose and write music. His first hymn was "The Shining Ones," which is still popular. He published at different times five singing books: "Shining Pearls," "Golden Gate," "Sparkling Jewels," "The Gospel Trumpet," and the "Morning Star." "Bringing in the Sheaves" was one of the last songs from his hand.

Bible References:

Galatians 6:7 ~ Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

2 Corinthians 9:6 ~ The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Job 4:8 ~ As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.

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