11927. Though Cloudy Skies and Northern Blasts

1 Though cloudy skies and northern blasts
Retard the gentle spring awhile;
The sun will conqueror prove at last,
And nature wear a vernal smile.

2 The promise which from age to age,
Has brought the changing seasons round;
Again shall calm the winter’s rage,
Perfume the air, and paint the ground.

3 The virtue of that first command,
I know still does, and will prevail;
That while the earth itself shall stand,
The spring and summer shall not fail.

4 Such changes are for us decreed;
Believers have their winters too;
But spring shall certainly succeed,
And all their former life renew.

5 Winter and spring have each their use,
And each, in turn, his people know;
One kills the weeds their hearts produce,
The other makes their graces grow.

6 Though like dead trees awhile they seem,
Yet having life within their root,
The welcome spring’s reviving beam
Draws forth their blossoms, leaves, and fruit.

7 But if the tree indeed be dead,
It feels no change, though spring return,
Its leafless, naked, barren head,
Proclaims it only fit to burn.

8 Dear Lord, afford our souls a spring,
Thou know’st our winter has been long;
Shine forth, and warm our hearts to sing,
And Thy rich grace shall be our song.

Text Information
First Line: Though cloudy skies and northern blasts
Title: Though Cloudy Skies and Northern Blasts
Alterer: John Newton
Language: English
Source: Olney Hymns (London, W. Oliver, 1779), Book 2
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: KING OF KINGS
Composer: George Clement Martin, 1844-1916
Meter: LM
Key: A Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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