Once, O Lord, thy garden flourished

Once, O Lord, thy garden flourished

Author: John Newton
Published in 36 hymnals

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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

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul¬≠tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas √† Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >

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

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

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A Collection of Spiritual Hymns #322

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Church Psalmist #759

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Church Psalmist #759

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Dyer's Psalmist #89

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Evangelical Hymns #220

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

Social Hymn and Tune Book #d323

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Social Hymn Book #341

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

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The Baptist Harp #333

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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, Volume 1 #7

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The Christian Lyre #7

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The Christian Lyre #7

The Christian Psalmist #d536

The Church Hymn Book #d761

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The Devotional Hymn and Tune Book #230

The Devotional Hymn Book #d374

The Devotional Hymn Book #d375

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors #CCLVI

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns #CCLVI

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The New England Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #79

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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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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #298

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Village hymns for social worship, selected and original #298

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Village Hymns for Social Worship, Selected and Original #298

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