Should the rising whirlwinds tear

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1 Should the rising whirlwinds tear
From its stem the rip'ning ear;
Should the fig-tree's blasted shoot
Drop her green untimely fruit:

2 Should the vine put forth no more,
Nor the olive yield her store;
Thought the sick'ning flocks should fall,
And the herds desert the stall:

3 Should God's alter'd hand restrain
The early and the latter rain;
Blast each opening bud of joy,
And the rising year destroy:

4 Yet to God my soul should raise
Grateful vows, and solemn praise;
And, when ev'ry blessings flown,
Love him--for himself alone.

Source: The Hartford Selection of Hymns: from the most approved authors: to which are added a number never before published (2nd ed.) #CCLXXXIII

Author: Anna Barbauld

Barbauld, Anna Laetitia, née Aikin, daughter of the Rev. John Ailrin, D.D., a dissenting minister, was b. at Kibworth-Harcourt, Leicestershire, June 20, 1743. In 1753 Dr. Aikin became classical tutor at a dissenting academy at Warrington. During her residence there she contributed five hymns to Dr. W. Enfield's Hymns for Public Worship, &c, Warrington, 1772. In the following year these were included in her Poems, Lond., J. Johnson, 1773. In May, 1774, Miss Aikin was married to the Rev. Rochemont Barbauld, a descendant of a French Protestant family, and a dissenting minister. For some years Mr. Barbauld conducted, in addition to his pastoral work, a boarding school at Palgrave, Suffolk. From this he retired in 1785. In 1786 he undertook t… Go to person page >

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First Line: Should the rising whirlwinds tear
Author: Anna Barbauld
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Should the rising whirlwinds tear. From "Praise to God, immortal praise," p. 904, i.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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