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The darkened sky, how thick it lowers

The darkened sky, how thick it lowers

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 61 hymnals

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1 The darkened sky, how thick it lowers!
Troubled with storms, and big with showers,
No cheerful gleam of light appears,
But nature pours forth all her tears.

2 Yet let the sons of grace revive;
He bids the soul that seeks him, live;
And from the gloomiest shade of night
Calls forth a morning of delight.

3 The seeds of ecstasy unknown
Are in these watered furrows sown;
See the green blades, how thick they rise,
And with fresh verdure bless our eyes!

4 In secret foldings they contain
Unnumbered ears of golden grain;
And heaven shall pour its beams around,
Till the ripe harvest load the ground.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #622

Author: Philip Doddridge

Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >

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First Line: The darkened sky, how thick it lowers
Author: Philip Doddridge
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #328

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #328

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A Collection of Hymns #323

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy for the Use of Evangelical Lutheran Churches #463

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #463

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A Collection of Hymns and A Liturgy #463

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A Collection of Hymns and Prayers, for Public and Private Worship #305

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A Collection of Hymns, for the Christian Church and Home #92

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #457

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #457

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #457

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #457

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #457

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #457

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship #XCVIII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #XCVIII

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship #P.CXXVI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Publick Worship (2nd ed.) #P.CXXVI

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #512

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship (Rev. ed. with supplement) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns #439

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A Selection of Psalms and Hymns, Embracing all the Varieties of Subjects #P126

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #439

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A Selection of Sacred Poetry #439

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d253

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #633

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a633

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #607

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #607

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Hymns for Church and Home #312

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Hymns for Public Worship #301

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Hymns for the Christian Church, for the Use of the First Church of Christ in Boston #324

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #674

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #674

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #504

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Hymns of the Church Universal #436

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Hymns of the Spirit #595

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Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship #460

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Hymns, Selected and Original #460

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Hymns #460

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Hymns #460

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Hymns #460

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Hymns #460

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Plymouth Collection #a743

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #743

Psalms and Hymns, for Social and Private Worship #d387

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #743

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The Christian Psalmist #P126a

The Christian Psalter #d505

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The Congregational Hymn Book #575

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The Gospel Psalmist #438

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #149

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The Springfield Collection of Hymns for Sacred Worship #395

The Vestry Hymn Book #d435

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The Voice of Praise #622

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Vestry Harmonies #97a

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