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Drop, Drop, Slow Tears

Drop, drop, slow tears, and bathe those beauteous feet

Author: Phineas Fletcher
Tune: SONG 46
Published in 18 hymnals

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Representative Text

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Drop, drop, slow tears, and bathe those beauteous feet
Title: Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
Author: Phineas Fletcher
Meter: 10.10
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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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Instances (1 - 8 of 8)

Ancient and Modern #118

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #548

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Common Praise #106

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #151

Hymns Old and New #112


The Book of Praise #228


The Cyber Hymnal #1270

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The New English Hymnal #82

Include 10 pre-1979 instances
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