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Above:  The Reverend Samuel Longfellow

Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892), a U.S. Unitarian minister, composed at least thirty-three hymns.

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‘Tis Winter Now; the Fallen Snow:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/tis-winter-now-the-fallen-snow/

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/holy-spirit-truth-divine/

Again, as Evening’s Shadow Falls:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/again-as-evenings-shadow-falls/

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Posted August 4, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Sources L

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‘Tis Winter Now; the Fallen Snow   2 comments

Above:  Snow, by John Henry Twachtman

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1994023413/PP/)

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), National Council of Congregational Churches in the United States

Words by Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892), U.S. Unitarian minister and author of at least thirty-three hymns

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1.  ‘Tis winter now; the fallen snow

Has left the heavens all coldly clear;

Through leafless boughs the sharp winds blow,

And all the earth lies dead and drear.

2.  And yet God’s love is not withdrawn;

His life within the keen air breathes;

His beauty paints the crimson dawn,

And clothes the boughs with glittering wreaths.

3.  And though abroad the sharp winds blow,

And skies are chill, and frosts are keen,

Home closer draws her circle now,

And warmer glows her light within.

4.  O God! who givest the winter’s cold

As well as summer’s joyous rays,

Us warmly in thy love enfold,

And keep us through life’s wintry days.

Posted August 4, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Nature 1800s, The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912)

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Holy Spirit, Truth Divine   3 comments

Above:  Design Drawing for Stained-Glass West Transept Window Showing Pentecost for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa, Florida

Image Source = Library of Congress

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), National Council of Congregational Churches in the United States

Words by Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892), U.S. Unitarian minister and author of at least thirty-three hymns

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1.  Holy Spirit, Truth divine,

Dawn upon this soul of mine;

Word of God and inward light,

Wake my spirit, clear my sight.

2.  Holy Spirit, Love divine,

Glow within this heart of mine;

Kindle every high desire;

Perish self in thy pure fire.

3.  Holy Spirit, Power divine,

Fill and nerve this will of mine;

By thee may I strongly live,

Bravely bear, and nobly strive.

4.  Holy Spirit, Right divine,

King within my conscience reign;

Be my law, and I shall be

Firmly bound, forever free.

5.  Holy Spirit, Peace Divine,

Still this restless heart of mine;

Speak to calm this tossing sea,

Stayed in thy tranquility.

6.  Holy Spirit, Joy Divine,

Gladden thou this heart of mine;

In the desert ways I sing,

‘Spring, O Well, for ever spring.’

Again, as Evening’s Shadow Falls   1 comment

Above:  Dusk View of Chicago, by Carol M. Highsmith

Image Source = Library of Congress

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), National Council of Congregational Churches in the United States

Words by Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892), U.S. Unitarian minister and author of at least thirty-three hymns

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1.  Again, as evening’s shadow falls,

We gather in these hallowed walls;

And vesper hymn and vesper prayer

Rise mingling on the holy air.

2.  May struggling hears seek release

Here find the rest of God’s own peace,

And strengthened here by hymn and prayer,

Lay down the burden and the care.

3.  O God, our Light, to thee we bow;

Within all shadows standest thou;

Give deeper calm than night can bring;

Give sweeter songs than lips can sing.

4.  Life’s tumult we must meet again;

We cannot at the shrine remain;

But in the spirit’s secret cell

May hymn and prayer forever dwell.

God of the Earth, the Sky, the Sea!   Leave a comment

Sunrise Over Asia (September 14, 2008)

Image Source = NASA

Hymn Source = The Church School Hymnal for Youth (1928), of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words by the Reverend Samuel Longellow (1819-1892), U.S. Unitarian minister and poet, 1864

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1.  God of the earth, the sky, the sea!

Maker of all above, below!

Creation lives and moves in Thee,

Thy present life through all doth flow.

We give Thee thanks, Thy Name we sing,

Almighty Father, heavenly King.

2.  Thy love is in the sunshine’s glow,

Thy life is in the quickening air;

When lightnings flash and storm winds blow,

There is Thy power; Thy law is there.

We give Thee thanks, Thy Name we sing,

Almighty Father, heavenly King.

3.  We feel Thy calm at evening’s hour,

Thy grandeur in the march of night;

And, when Thy morning breaks in power,

We hear Thy word, “Let there be light.”

We give Thee thanks, Thy Name we sing,

Almighty Father, heavenly King.