Archive for the ‘Summer’ Tag
Above: Meadow of Flowers
Image in the Public Domain
Text by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)
Hymn Source = The English Hymnal (1906), The Church of England
When spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil;
When summer’s balmy showers refresh the mower’s toil:
When winter binds in frosty chains the fallow and he flood;
In God the earth rejoiceth still, and owns his Maker good.
The birds that wake the morning, and those that love the shade;
The winds that sweep the mountain, or lull the drowsy glade;
The sun that from his amber bower rejoiceth on his way,
The moon and stars–their Maker’s name in silent pomp display.
Shall man, the lord of nature, expectant of the sky,
Shall man alone, unthankful, his little praise deny?
No; let the year forsake his course, the seasons cease to be,
Thee, Master, must we always love, and Saviour, honour thee.
The flowers of spring may wither, the hope of summers fade,
The autumn droop in winter, the birds forsake the shade;
The winds be lulled, the sun and moon forget their old decree;
But we, in nature’s latest hour, O Lord, will cling to thee!
Above: Landscape Summer Lake
Image in the Public Domain
Hymn Source = Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America (1937), American Unitarian Association and Unitarian Church of America
Text (1852) by Thomas Hornblower Gill (1819-1906)
I walk amidst thy beauty forth,
My joy thy praise declares;
I bless thee with thy blooming earth,
I drink thy vernal airs.
Those old eternal hills of thine,
What mighty cheer they breathe!
What fulness of delight divine
Thy solemn stars bequeath!
Each wonder of thy hand still makes
My gladness fresh and strong;
The glory of my God still wakes
The glory of my song.
When cheer and strength my heart doth lack,
Thy gladness makes me whole;
Amidst thy summer I win back
The summer of my soul.
Image Source = Lykaestria
Words by William Walsham How (1823-1897), an author of hymns plus plus a priest of The Church of England and the Bishop of Bedford (1879-1888) then the Bishop of Wakefield (1889-1897)
Hymn Source = The Parish School Hymnal (1926), of the United Lutheran Church in America
1. Summer suns are glowing
Over land and sea,
Happy light is flowing
Bountiful and free,
In the mellow rays,
All earth’s voices
Swell the psalm of praise.
2. God’s free mercy streameth
Over all the world,
And His banner gleameth
Broad and deep and glorious
As the heaven above,
Shines in might victorious
His eternal Love.
3. Lord, upon our blindness
Thy pure radiance pour;
For thy loving-kindness
Make us love Thee more;
And when clouds are drifting
Dark across our sky,
Then, the veil uplifting,
Father, be Thou nigh.
4. We will never doubt Thee,
Though Thou veil Thy light:
Life is dark without Thee;
Death with Thee is bright.
Light of Light! shine o’er us
On our pilgrim way;
Go Thou still before us
To the endless day.
A Young Kitten
Image Source = Wikipedia
Cats, of course, are the greatest creatures on four legs.
Hymn Source = The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs (1990), of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Words by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895), wife of William Alexander, a priest then the Bishop of Derry then the Archbishop of Armagh, Church of Ireland
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.
1. Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings:
God made their glowing colors,
God made their tiny wings.
2. The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning
That brightens up the sky.
3. The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden:
God made them every one.
4. God gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has done all things well.