Listen to the beginner piano arrangement of We Plough the Fields and Scatter.
We Plough the Fields and Scatter is a hymn of German origin commonly associated with harvest festival. Written by poet Matthias Claudius, it was published in 1782 and set to music in 1800. It was translated into English by Jane Montgomery Campbell in 1861. It appears in a shortened form in the musical Godspell, as the song, “All Good Gifts”. It is among the most performed hymns in the United Kingdom.
Claudius wrote this hymn based on Psalm 144 with 17 verses. It was published across Germany in number of hymnbooks. The majority of these cut down the original 17 verses with the publishers often deciding to start with the 3rd verse which started with “We Plough The Fields And Scatter.”