The Willow and the Oak

I saw, when the winds swept over the mead

Author: John Bramblett Beall
Tune: [I saw, when the wind swept over the mead]
Published in 2 hymnals

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1. I saw, when the wind swept over the mead,
The willow that stands by the brook;
Bending low, as, with pitiless force, the storm
Threw down the unbending oak.

Bend low till the storm passeth over,
The sun will shine out by and by;
Bend low till the storm passeth over,
And the stars twinkle out in the sky.

2. The storm had passed by, the willow uprose,
Her branches in beauty outspread;
But the monarch of trees, in his pride cast down,
Lay prone on the earth and dead. [Refrain]

3. O Christians, look up! life’s storms will soon pass;
Rejoice ye with sorrow low bowed;
Our Lord in His hand holds the lightning’s shaft,
His smile is behind the cloud. [Refrain]

4. And thou, who art proud, O turn ye in time,
Nor fall as the desolate tree!
God’s mercy, His infinite love are thine,
Awaiting, inviting thee. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #7480

Author: John Bramblett Beall

John Bramblett Beall was born in Georgia on March 19, 1833. He served in the Civil War. He wrote a book of poems and short stories "In Barrack and Field: poems and sketches of army life" (Publishing House of the M. E.Church South, Nashville: 1906) and was a newspaper editor. B. B. (Benjamin Burk) Beall was his nephew. Dianne Shapiro, from RootsWeb (… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I saw, when the winds swept over the mead
Title: The Willow and the Oak
Author: John Bramblett Beall
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Bend low till the storm passeth
Copyright: Public Domain


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