The Bird with a Broken Wing

I walked through the woodland meadows

Author: Hezekiah Butterworth
Tune: [I walked through the woodland meadows]
Published in 42 hymnals

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1 I walked thro’ the woodland meadows,
Where sweet the thrushes sing;
And found on a bed of mosses,
A bird with a broken wing.
I healed its wound, and each morning
It sang its old sweet strain;
But the bird with a broken pinion
Never soared as high again.

2 I found a young life broken
By sin’s seductive art;
And touched with a Christ-like pity
I took him to my heart,
He lived with a noble purpose,
And struggled not in vain;
But the life that sin hath stricken
Never soared as high again.

3 But the bird with a broken pinion
Kept another from the snare;
And the life that sin hath stricken
Raised another from despair.
Each loss has its compensation,
There is healing for every pain;
But the bird with a broken pinion
Never soared as high again.

4 But the soul that comes to Jesus
Is saved from every sin,
And the heart that fully trusts Him
Shall a crown of glory win;
Then come to the dear Redeemer,
He’ll cleanse you from every stain;
By His wonderful love and mercy
You shall surely rise again.

Source: Northfield Hymnal: for use in evangelistic and church services, conventions, sunday schools, and all prayer and social meetings of the church and home #118

Author: Hezekiah Butterworth

Butterworth, Hezekiah, was born at Warren, Rhode Island, Dec. 22, 1839. He wrote The Story of the Hymns, American Tract Society, 1875. He is the author of "0 Church of Christ, our blest abode" (The Church) in Root's cantata, Under the Palms, and of "Jesus, I Thee believe" (Jesus All in All) in the cantata Faith Triumphant. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: I walked through the woodland meadows
Title: The Bird with a Broken Wing
Author: Hezekiah Butterworth

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