Harvest is the process of gathering mature crops from the fields. The harvest marks the end of the growing season, or the growing cycle for a particular crop, and this is the focus of seasonal celebrations of many religions.
- The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
- Jesus, in Matthew 9:37 - 38.
- The servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
- Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
- Jesus, in Mark 4:24 - 29.
- The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
- Jesus, in Luke 10: 2 - 6.
- My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.
- Jesus, in John 4:34 - 38.
- I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
- Friends, the soil is poor, we must sow seeds in plenty for us to garner even modest harvests.
- Novalis, in Blüthenstaub (1798).
- To glean the broken ears after the man
That the main harvest reaps.
- Art is recuperation
from time. I lie back
convalescing upon the prospect
of a harvest already at hand.
- R. S. Thomas, in "Pissaro: Kitchen Garden, Trees in Bloom", p. 41.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 353.
- For now, the corn house filled, the harvest home,
Th' invited neighbors to the husking come;
A frolic scene, where work and mirth and play
Unite their charms to cheer the hours away.
- Joel Barlow, The Hasty Pudding.
- He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
- Ecclesiastes, XI. 4.
- In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand.
- Ecclesiastes, XI. 6.
- Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
- Paul of Tarsus, in Galatians, VI. 7.
- Who eat their corn while yet 'tis green,
At the true harvest can but glean.
- Saadi, Gulistan (Garden of Roses).
- And thus of all my harvest-hope I have
Nought reaped but a weedye crop of care.
- Edmund Spenser, The Shepherd's Calendar, December, line 121.
- Think, oh, grateful think!
How good the God of Harvest is to you;
Who pours abundance o'er your flowing fields,
While those unhappy partners of your kind
Wide-hover round you, like the fowls of heaven,
And ask their humble dole.
- James Thomson, Autumn, line 169.
- Fancy with prophetic glance
Sees the teeming months advance;
The field, the forest, green and gay;
The dappled slope, the tedded hay;
Sees the reddening orchard blow,
The Harvest wave, the vintage flow.
- Thomas Warton, Ode, The First of April, line 97.