The grass and flowers, which clothe the field

The grass and flowers, which clothe the field

Author: John Newton
Published in 12 hymnals

Representative Text

1 The grass and flowers, which clothe the field,
And look so green and gay;
Touched by the scythe, defenseless yield,
And fall, and fade away.

2 Fit emblem of our mortal state!
Thus in the scripture glass,
The young, the strong, the wise, the great,
May see themselves but grass.

3 Ah! trust not to your fleeting breath,
Nor call your time your own;
Around you see the scythe of death
Is mowing thousands down.

4 And you, who hitherto are spared,
Must shortly yield your lives;
Your wisdom is to be prepared,
Before the stroke arrives.

5 The grass, when dead, revives no more:
You die to live again;
Beware lest death should prove the door
To everlasting pain.

6 Lord, help us to obey thy call,
And all our sins remove,
That when like grass our bodies fall,
Our souls may rise above.

The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799

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 >

Text Information

First Line: The grass and flowers, which clothe the field
Author: John Newton
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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Instances

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Hymns for Family Worship with Prayers for Every Day in the Week, Selected from Various Authors #105

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Hymns for Family Worship, with Prayers for Every Day in the Week (2nd ed.) #106

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The American Baptist Sabbath-School Hymn-Book #246

The Baptist Sabbath School Hymn Book #d364

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The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors: to which are added a number never before published #CCCXII

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

The New Village Harmony #d106

The Sacred Lute #d313

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