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Bleak winter is subdued at length

Bleak winter is subdued at length

Author: John Newton
Published in 6 hymnals

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1 Bleak winter is subdu'd at length,
Compell'd to yield the day:
The sun returning in his strength
Drives all the storms away.

2 Behold the youthful spring is come,
How alter'd is the scene!
The trees and shrubs are dress'd in bloom,
The earth array'd in green.

3 Where'er we tread, beneath our feet
The flowers spontaneous spring;
And warbling birds, in concert sweet,
Invite our hearts to sing.

4 But, ah! in vain I strive to join,
Oppress'd with sin and doubt;
I feel 'tis winter still within,
Though all is spring without.

5 Oh! would my Saviour from on high
Break through these clouds and shine!
No creature then more blest than I,
No song more loud than mine.

6 Till then--no softy-warbling thrush,
Nor cowslips' sweet perfume,
Nor beauties of each painted bush,
Can dissipate my gloom.

Source: Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #601

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Bleak winter is subdued at length
Author: John Newton


Bleak winter is subdued at length. J. Newton. [Spring.] First published in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Book ii., No. 32, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines. In its full form it is not in common use, but an unaltered version of stanzas ii.—v. and ix. is given as: "Behold! long-wished for spring is come," in Rippon's Selection, 1787, and later editions.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Selection of Hymns for the Use of Social Religious Meetings and for Private Devotions. 7th ed. #405Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #58Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d36
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #601Page Scan
Hymns, Selected and Original: for public and private worship (1st ed.) #601TextPage Scan
Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (30th ed.) #601Page Scan