1. Into the woods my Master went,
Clean forspent, forspent,
Into the woods my Master came,
Forspent with love and shame.
But the olives they were not blind to Him.
The little grey leaves were kind to Him,
The thorn tree had a mind to Him,
When into the woods He came.
2. Out of the woods my Master came
And he was well content;
Out of the woods my Master came,
Content with death and shame.
When death and shame would woo Him last,
From under the trees they drew Him last,
’Twas on a tree they slew Him—last
When out of the woods He came.
Lanier, Sidney, born at Macon, Ga., Feb. 3, 1842, and educated at Oglethorpe College, Ga., where he graduated in 1860. He was one of the earliest volunteers in the Confederate Army, and after the war he devoted himself to music and literature. He died at Lynn, N.C., Sep. 7, 1881. His Poems were collected and pub. by his widow (New York), in 1884. Two of his hymns are:—
1. Thou God, Whose high eternal love. [Holy Matrimony.] This is dated "Macon, Sep. 1865," and is found in his Poems, p. 233.
2. Into the woods my Master went. This is a poem rather than a hymn, and might pass for a carol. It is given as No. 745 in the Methodist Hymnal, N.Y., 1905.
In early life Lanier was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but gradually lo… Go to person page >