There cometh o'er the spirit

There cometh o'er the spirit

Author: Washington Very
Published in 6 hymnals

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There cometh o’er the spirit,
With each returning year,
The thought that Thou, the Father,
Art ever to us near;
With hope of life dispelling
The death that winter brought;
And flowers and fruits foretelling,
With fragrant beauty fraught.

’Tis this which calls Thy children
In sweet accord to raise,
Beneath thy blue-domed temple,
One general hymn of praise
To Thee, the ever-living,
The universal King,
Who never ceasest giving
Each good and perfect thing.

The streamlet from the mountain,—
It speaketh, Lord, of Thee,
As from its snow-capped fountain
It rushes to the sea;
The gentle dew descending,
And cloud’s refreshing shower,—
O God, our Heavenly Father,
All, all, proclaim Thy power.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #392

Author: Washington Very

Very, Washington, brother of Jones Very, was born at Salem, Massachusetts, Nov. 12, 1815. After following mercantile pursuits for some time, he entered Harvard College, and graduated there in 1843. Subsequently he conducted a private school in Salem, where he died April 28, 1853. Putnam gives three of Very's poetical pieces in his Singers and Songs, &c, 1874, one of which, "There cometh o’er the spirit" (Spring), appeared in Longfellow and Johnson's Book of Hymns, 1816. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)  Go to person page >

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Author: Washington Very


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