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Winter Reigneth O’er the LandBishop W. Walsham How (1823-1897)

Hymn NumberTuneComposer or SourceMeter
815WinterSir J. Frederick Bridge (1844-1924)7.7.7.7.

1Winter reigneth o’er the land,
Freezing with its icy breath;
Dead and bare the tall trees stand;
All is chill and drear as death.
2Yet it seemeth but a day
Since the summer flowers were here,
Since they stacked the balmy hay,
Since they reaped the golden ear.
3Sunny days are past and gone:
So the years go, speeding fast,
Onward ever, each new one
Swifter speeding than the last.
4Life is waning; life is brief;
Death, like winter, standeth nigh;
Each one, like the fallen leaf,
Soon shall fade, and fall, and die.
5But the sleeping earth shall wake,
And the flowers shall burst in bloom,
And all nature rising break
Glorious from its wintry tomb.
6So, Lord, after slumber blest
Comes a bright awakening,
And our flesh in hope shall rest
Of a never-fading spring. Amen.
Genesis8:22While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Job37:21And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.
Job38:30The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Psalm74:17Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
Psalm104:29Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.
Psalm104:30Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.