Winter Reigneth O’er the Land   2 comments

A View from My Front Door, in Athens, Georgia, the Afternoon of Sunday, March 1, 2009

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962)

Words (1871) by the Right Reverend William Walsham How (1823-1897), first Bishop of Wakefield (1889-1897), in the United Kingdom; he was a priest in 1871

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1.  Winter reigneth in the land,

Freezing with its icy breath;

Dead and bare the tall trees stand;

All is chill and drear as death.

2. Sunny days are past and gone;

So the years go, speeding fast,

Onward ever, each new one

Swifter speeding than the last.

3.  Life is waning, life is brief;

Death, like winter, standeth nigh;

Each new one, like the falling leaf,

Soon shall fade, and fall, and die.

4.  But the sleeping earth shall wake,

And the flow’rs shall burst in bloom;

And all nature rising, break,

glorious from its wintry tomb.

5.  So the saints, from slumber blest

Rising, shall awake and sing;

And our flesh in hope shall rest

Till there breaks the endless spring.

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  1. Pingback: William Walsham How « GATHERED PRAYERS COLLECTED BY KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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