1 The church a garden is,
In which believers stand,
Like ornamental trees,
Planted by God's own hand:
His spirit waters all their roots,
And ev'ry branch abounds with fruits.
2 But other trees there are,
In this enclosure grow;
Which, though they promise fair,
Have only leaves to show:
No fruits of grace are on them found,
They stand but cumb'rers of the ground.
3 The under gard'ner grieves,
In vain his strength he spends,
For heaps of useless leaves,
Afford him small amends:
He hears the Lord his will make known,
To cut the barren fig-tree down.
4 How difficult his post,
What pangs his bowels move,
To find his wishes cross'd,
His labours useless prove!
His last relief, his earnest pray'r,
"Lord, spare them yet another year.
5 "Spare them, and let me try,
What farther means may do;
I'll fresh manure apply,
My digging I'll renew;
Who knows but yet they fruit may yield,
If not--'tis just they must be fell'd."
6 If under means of grace,
No gracious fruit appear;
It is a dreadful case,
Tho' God may long forbear;
At length he'll strike the threaten'd blow
And lay the barren fig-tree low.
|Instances (1 - 12 of 12)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Choice Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #262||The church a garden is||John Newton||1819|
|A New Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs: from the best authors; designed for the use of conference meetings, private circles, and congregations (21st ed. with an appendix) #644||The barren fig tree||The church a garden is||John Newton||1839|
|A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under appointment of the Philadelphian Association (2nd ed) #266||The Church a garden is||1801|
|A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association #CCLXVI||The Barren Fig-Tree||The Church a garden is||Four 6 and twice 8||1790||New Year's Day |||The Coll.|
|A Selection of Psalms and Hymns: done under the appointment of the Philadelphian Association (4th ed.) #266||The Church a garden is||1819||The Coll.|
|Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians. 9th ed. #d171||The church a garden is||John Newton||1812|
|Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians #d140||The barren fig tree||The church a garden is||John Newton||1803|
|Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the use of Christians #43||The Barren Fig-Tree||The church a garden is||1803|
|Hymns and Spiritual Songs for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d165||The church a garden is||John Newton||1806|
|Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Use of Christians #d104||The barren fig tree||The church a garden is||John Newton||1801|
|Select Hymns #d166||The barren fig tree||The church a garden is||John Newton||1850|
|The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #545||The barren fig tree||The church a garden is||Newton||1842|