Archive for the ‘Summer’ Tag

When Spring Unlocks the Flowers   2 comments

meadow-of-flowers

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Posted February 23, 2017 by neatnik2009 in Nature 1800s, The English Hymnal (1906)

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I Walk Amidst Thy Beauty Forth   1 comment

Landscape Summer Lake

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)

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I walk amidst thy beauty forth,

My joy thy praise declares;

I bless thee with thy blooming earth,

I drink thy vernal airs.

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Those old eternal hills of thine,

What mighty cheer they breathe!

What fulness of delight divine

Thy solemn stars bequeath!

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Each wonder of thy hand still makes

My gladness fresh and strong;

The glory of my God still wakes

The glory of my song.

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When cheer and strength my heart doth lack,

Thy gladness makes me whole;

Amidst thy summer I win back

The summer of my soul.

Summer Suns Are Glowing   3 comments

Sun

Image Source = Lykaestria

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_sun1.jpg)

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

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1.  Summer suns are glowing

Over land and sea,

Happy light is flowing

Bountiful and free,

Ev’rything rejoices

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

Ev’rywhere unfurled,

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.

All Things Bright and Beautiful   1 comment

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

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Refrain:

All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful:

The Lord God made them all.

Verses:

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.