1 Like showers on meadows newly mown,
Jesus shall shed his blessing down,
Crowned with whose life-infusing drops,
Earth shall renew her blissful crops.
2 Lands that beneath a burning sky,
Have long been desolate and dry,
Th' effusions of his love shall share,
And sudden greens and herbage wear.
3 The dews and rains in all their store,
Drenching the pastures o'er and o'er,
Are not so copious as that grace
Which sanctifies and saves our race.
4 As in soft silence vernal showers,
Descend and cheer the fainting flowers,
So in the secrecy of love,
Falls the sweet influence from above.
5 That heavenly influence let me find
In holy silence of the mind,
While every grace maintains its bloom,
Diffusing wide its rich perfume.
6 Nor let these blessings be confined
To me, but poured on all mankind,
'Till earth's wild waste in verdure rise,
And a young Eden bless our eyes.
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the use of Christians. 1st Ed., 1816