Once, O Lord, thy garden flourished

Once, O Lord, thy garden flourished

Author: John Newton
Published in 36 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Once, O Lord, thy garden flourished,
Every part looked gay and green;
Then thy word our spirits nourished,
Happy seasons we have seen!

2 But a drought has since succeeded,
And a sad decline we see;
Lord, thy help is greatly needed,
Help can only come from thee.

3 Where are those we counted leaders,
Filled with zeal, and love and truth?
Old professors, tall as cedars,
Bright examples to our youth!

4 Some, in whom we once delighted,
We shall meet no more below,
Some, alas! we fear are blighted,
Scarce a single leaf they show.

5 Younger plants--the sight how pleasant,
Covered thick with blossoms stood;
But they cause us grief at present,
Frosts have nipped them in their bud!

6 Dearest Savior, hasten hither,
Thou canst make them bloom again;
Oh, permit them not to wither,
Let not all our hopes be vain!

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Once, O Lord, thy garden flourished
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.7.8.7
Language: English

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Instances

Instances (1 - 36 of 36)

A Collection of Hymns and Sacred Songs. 19th ed. #d353

Seamen's Devotional Assistant and Mariners' Hymns (American Seamen's Friend Society) #d376

Songs for Social and Public Worship. Rev. ed. #d330

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The Baptist Praise Book #839

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The Canadian Baptist Hymn Book #567

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The Christian Lyre #7

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The Christian Lyre: Vol I (8th ed. rev.) #7

The Christian Psalmist #d536

The Church Hymn Book #d761

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book: for social and public worship #230

The Devotional Hymn Book #d374

The Devotional Hymn Book #d375

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The Social and Sabbath School Hymn-Book. (5th ed.) #252

The South Western Psalmist #d313

Village Hymns #d421

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