How glad the tone when summer's sun

How glad the tone when summer's sun

Author: James Richardson
Tune: LYME
Published in 17 hymnals

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1 How glad the tone when summer's sun
Wreathes the gay world with flowers,
And trees bend down with golden fruit,
And birds are in the bowers!

2 The moon sends silent music down
Upon each earthly thing;
And always, since creation's dawn,
The stars together sing.

3 Shall man remain in silence, then,
While all beneath the skies
The chorus joins? no, let us sing,
And, while our voices rise,

4 Oh, let our lives, great God, breathe forth
A constant melody;
And every action be a tone
In that sweet hymn to thee!

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #988

Author: James Richardson

Richardson, James, son of the Hon. James Richardson, of Dedham, Massachusetts, was born in that town May 25, 1817, and graduated at Harvard College, 1837. After being engaged, first as a clerk of the county courts, and then in teaching, he entered the Divinity School at Cambridge, where he graduated in theology in 1845. Subsequently he was Unitarian Pastor at Southington, Connecticut, and then of the Unitarian Society in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Ill health compelled him to retire from his pastoral work to Dedham. During the war he joined himself to the hospitals at Washington, where he died Nov. 10, 1863. Mr. Richardson was well known as an Essayist, Poet, and Preacher. Two of his hymns, from Longfellow and Johnson's Book of Hymns, 1848, a… Go to person page >

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First Line: How glad the tone when summer's sun
Author: James Richardson

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A Book of Hymns and Tunes: for the Sunday-School, the Congregation and Home: 2nd ed. #143

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #394

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #394

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d120

Grammar School Hymn Book #d113

Hymns and Tunes for the Sunday School, the Congregation and the Home #d74

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #864

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #864

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Hymns in Harmony with Modern Thought #150

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Hymns of the Spirit #191

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Sacred Songs For Public Worship: a hymn and tune book #69

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Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith #391

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The Gospel Psalmist #893

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The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #164

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The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #988

Universal Hymns Compiled for the North End Union #d54

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