234. 'Tis winter now; the fallen snow

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2 And yet God's love is not withdrawn;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 each branch 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, you give the winter's cold,
as well as summer's joyous rays,
you warmly in your love enfold,
and keep us through life's wintry days.

Text Information
First Line: 'Tis winter now; the fallen snow
Author: Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892)
Publication Date: 2005
Meter: LM
Scripture: Exodus 21:5; Genesis 8:22; Job 37:9-10; Psalm 74:17; Psalm 121:7; Psalm 147:15-18; Romans 11:29
Topic: The Living God: Our Response to God - in times and seasons; Providence; Winter
Tune Information
Meter: LM
Key: G Major or modal
Source: English traditional melody; arranged Church Hymnary, 3rd edition, 1973
Copyright: © Church Hymnary Trust

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