1 As showers on meadows newly mown,
Jesus shall shed his blessings down,
Crown'd with whose life-infusing drops,
Earth shall renew her blissful crops.
2 Lands that beneath a burning sky,
Have long been desolate and dry,
Th' effusions of his love shall share,
And sudden greens and herbage wear.
3 The dews and rains, in all their store,
Drenching the pastures o'er and o'er,
Are not so copious as that grace,
Which sanctifies and saves our race.
4 As in soft silence vernal showers
Descend, and cheer the fainting flowers,
So in the secrecy of love
Falls the sweet influence from above.
5 That heavenly influence let me find
In holy silence of the mind,
While every grace maintains it bloom,
Diffusing wide its rich perfume.
6 Nor let these blessings be confin'd
To me, but pour'd on all mankind,
'Till earth's wild wastes in verdure rise,
And a young Eden bless our eyes.
Source: A Selection of Hymns: from the best authors, intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watt's psalms and hymns. (1st Am. ed.) #CCIX
|First Line:||As showers on meadows newly mown|
|Title:||Rain of Heaven|
|Source:||John Rippon's Collection, 1787|
As showers on meadows newly mown. T. Gibbons. [Divine Influence.] Printed in 1784 as No. 28 in Bk. i. of his Hymns adapted to Divine Worship, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It is founded on Ps. lxxii. 6, and headed "The Divine Influences resembled to Rain." In 1787 Dr. Rippon included it in his Selection, No. 209. It was repeated in later editions, ancl from thence passed into many collections. In America specially it has long been in common use in various forms, the most popular being stanzas iv., v., vi., as:—"As, in soft silence, vernal showers"—sometimes altered to—"As when in silence, vernal showers." [William T. Brooke]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)