Drop, drop, slow tears

Drop, drop, slow tears

Author: Phineas Fletcher
Tune: SONG 46
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1 Drop, drop, slow tears,
and bathe those beauteous feet,
which brought from heaven
the news and Prince of Peace.

2 Cease not, wet eyes,
his mercies to entreat;
to cry for vengeance
sin doth never cease.

3 In your deep floods
drown all my faults and fears;
nor let his eye
see sin, but through my tears.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #118

Author: Phineas Fletcher

Fletcher, Phineas, son of Dr. Giles Fletcher and cousin of John Fletcher, the dramatic poet, born 1582, and educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge. In 1621 he took Holy Orders, and having obtained the living of Helgay, Norfolk, he retained the same nearly 29 years. He died at Helgay, 1650. His best known poem is, The Purple Island, 1633, an allegorical description of man, in the style of Spenser. This was reprinted in 1783. His Locustes or Apollyonists, a satire against the Jesuits, suggested to Milton some ideas for his Paradise Lost. His 6 psalms, first published in his Purple Island, 1633, were reprinted by Dr. Grosart in his reprint of Fletcher's Poetical Works . --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >


Drop, drop, slow tears. Phineas Fletcher. [Penitence.] Appeared in his Poetical Miscellanies, 1633; recently republished by Dr. Grosart in 4 vols.. 1869, in his Fuller Worthies Library. This tender poem is given in Thring's Collection, 1882, and in others.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #118Text
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #548
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #106Page Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #151TextPage Scan
Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #112
Small Church Music #3337Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #1270TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #82TextPage Scan
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