Celestial watering

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1 Savior, visit thy plantation,
Grant us Lord, a gracious rain,
All will come to dissolution,
Unless thou return again.

2 Keep no longer at a distance,
Shine upon us from on high;
Left for want of thy assistance,
Every plant should droop and die.

3 Surely once the garden flourished,
Every part looked gay and green:
Then thy word our spirits nourished
Happy seasons we have seen.

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

5 Where are those we counted leaders,
Fired with zeal and love and truth;
Old professors tall as cedars,
Bright examples to our youth!

6 Some in whom our souls delighted,
We shall meet no more below;
Some alas, we fear are blighted,
Scarce a single leaf they show.

7 Younger plants to sight how pleasant,
Covered thick with blossoms stood;
But they cause us grief at present,
Frost has nipped them in the bud.

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

9 Let our mutual love be fervent,
Make us prevalent in prayer;
Let each one esteem the servant,
Shun the world's bewitching snare.

10 Break the tempter's fatal power,
Turn the stony hearts of flesh;
Now begin from this good hour,
To revive thy work afresh.

Divine Hymns, or Spiritual Songs: for the use of religious assemblies and private Christians 1800

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 >

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First Line: Savior, visit thy plantation
Title: Celestial watering
Author: John Newton
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Lord, revive us



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