The Year is Swiftly Waning   1 comment

Autumn Tree

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Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America

Autumn is here now, according to both the calendar and the weather.  So I share the following seasonal hymn (from 1871) by the Rt. Rev. William W. How (1823-1897), first (Anglican) Bishop of Wakefield, in England.  One of the great pleasures of my life is exploring the pages of old hymnals and finding hymns new hymnals no longer include.  As a student of history and liturgy, I consider many of these old sacred songs as treasures to preserve.



1.  The year is swiftly waning;

the summer days are past;

And life, brief life, is speeding;

The end is nearing fast.

2.  The ever-changing seasons

In silence come and go;

But Thou, Eternal Father,

No time or change canst know.

3.  O pour Thy grace upon us,

That we may worthier be,

Each year that passes o’er us,

To dwell in heaven with thee.

4.  Behold the bending orchards

With bounteous fruit are crowned;

Lord, in our hearts more richly

Let heavenly fruits abound.

5.  O by each mercy sent us,

And by each grief and pain,

By blessings like the sunshine,

And sorrows like the rain.

6.  Our barren hearts make fruitful

With every goodly grace,

That we Thy Name may hallow,

And see at last Thy face.

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