See how rude winter's icy hand

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1 See how rude winter's icy hand
Has stripped the verdant ground;
But spring will soon his rage withstand,
And spread new beauties round.

2 My soul a sharper winter mourns,
And fruitless I remain:
When will the gentle spring return
The graces grow again?

3 Jesus, my glorious Sun, arise,
This frozen heart remove;
Oh, hush these storms, and clear my skies,
And let me feel thy love.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #989

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: See how rude winter's icy hand
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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EISENACH (Gesius)

MACHS MIT MIR was first published in the collection of music Das ander Theil des andern newen Operis Geistlicher Deutscher Lieder (1605) by Bartholomäus Gesius (b. Münchenberg, near Frankfurt, Germany, c. 1555; d. Frankfurt, 1613). A prolific composer, Gesius wrote almost exclusively for the churc…

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