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Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers   1 comment

Spring Flowers

Image Source = Phier

Hymn Source = The Hymnal for Youth (1941), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Original Latin words from Piae Cantiones, 1582

English translation from The Oxford Book of Carols, 1928


1.  Spring has now unwrapped the flowers,

Day is fast reviving,

Life in all her growing powers

Toward the light is striving:

Gone the iron touch of cold,

Winter time and frost time,

Seedlings, working through the mold,

Now make up for lost time.

2.  Herb and plant that, winter long,

Slumbered at their leisure,

Now bestirring, green and strong,

Find in growth their pleasure:

All the world with beauty fills,

Gold the green enhancing;

Flowers make glee among the hills,

Set the meadows dancing.

3.  Earth puts on her dress of glee;

Flowers and grasses hide her;

We go forth in charity–

Brothers all beside her;

For, as man this glory sees

In th’awakening season,

Reason learns the heart’s decrees,

Hearts are led by reason.

4.  Through each wonder of fair days

God Himself expresses;

Beauty follows all His ways,

As the world He blesses:

So, as He renews the earth,

Artist without rival,

In His grace of glad new birth

We must seek revival.