Hymns and songs about the Parable of the Sower

This is a selection of hymns based directly on the parable of the sower.

It does not include hymns about other topics which can be inferred from the parable, just ones which relate directly to the parable.

The list is grouped into two sections:
  • Free-use (either copyright has expired, or the author has allowed them to be freely used)
  • Still subject to copyright and so can only be used if you are covered by a copyright license.

Both children's and adults hymns / songs are included in each list - because except for the youngest of children, it is is difficult to draw a clear distinction between them.


About the Parable of the Sower

This parable is included in three of the gospels:
  • Mark 4:3-25
  • Matthew 13:3-23
  • Luke 8:5-18

It is a story about the message of God's kingdom (represented by the seed scattered by the farmer), and four possible ways of hearing it (ie responding) to this - rocky path, shallow, weeds - culminating in hearing and acting based on the word, aka being "good soil".

Jesus also explains why he teaches in parables, in this parable.


Songs and hymns which may be freely used

All Hail ye Servants of the Lord

Almighty God Thy Word is Cast

He that Goeth Forth with Weeping

Heavenly Sower Thou Hast Scattered

Keep Sowing the Seed - Carpenter

Parable of the Sower - Hewitt

The Sower (Ye sons of earth prepare the plough) - Cowper

The Sower went forth Sowing - Bourne



Hymns and songs which may still be copyright

A Sower Came From Ancient Hills - Stuempfle

A Sower's Seed fell on the Path - Stuempfle

Among Thorns - Peschell

Christ Taught us of a Farmer - Gillette

Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil - Hanson

Parable of the Sower - (video, song starts at 0:49)  - Collier

Parable of the Sower - video - Johnston

Parable of the Sower and the Seed - Hayles

Seed Scatted and Sown - Feithen

Seed Sower (video)

Sow the Word - for young children, tune ROW YOUR BOAT

Take my Hands - Temple - verse 3

The Sower - Boniwell

The Sower - Hartley

The Sower - Odhner   (video - sung by children, could be used more widely)

The Sower - Winter

The Sower Song - Zelman

The Sower’s Song - Peterson and Scott



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