Though rude winds usher thee, sweet day

Though rude winds usher thee, sweet day

Author: Samuel Rickards
Tune: MEIRINGEN
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 Though rude winds usher thee, sweet day,
Though clouds thy face deform,
Though nature’s grace be swept away
Before thy sleety storm;
E’en in thy sombrest wintry vest,
Of blessèd days thou art most blest.

2 Not frigid air nor gloomy morn
Shall check our jubilee;
Bright is the day when Christ was born;
No sun need shine, but He:
Let roughest storms their coldest blow,
With love of Him our hearts shall glow.

3 Inspired with high and holy thought,
Fancy is on the wing;
It seems as to mine ear it brought
Those voices caroling,
Voices through Heav’n and earth that ran,
Glory to God, goodwill to man.

4 I see the shepherds gazing wild
At those fair spirits of light;
I see them bending o’er the Child
With that untold delight
Which marks the face who view
Things but too happy to be true.

5 There in the lowly manger laid
Incarnate God they see;
He stoops to take through spotless maid
Our frail humanity;
Son of high God, creation’s heir,
He leaves His Heaven to raise us here.

6 Through Him, O Lord, we’re born anew,
Thy children once again,
Oh, day by day, our hearts renew,
That Thine we may remain,
And, angel-like, may all agree,
One sweet and holy family.

7 Oft as this joyous morn doth come
To speak our Savior’s love,
Oh, may it bear our spirits home
Where He now reigns above;
That day which brought Him from the skies
So man restores to paradise.

8 Then let winds usher thee, sweet day,
Let clouds thy face deform,
Though nature’s grace is swept away
Before thy sleety storm;
E’en i thy sombrest wintry vest,
Of blessèd days thou art most blest.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #12495

Author: Samuel Rickards

Rickards, Samuel, son of Thomas Rickards, was born in 1796, and educated at Oriel College, Oxford, B.A. 1817, M.A. 1820. He was the Newdigate Prizeman in 1815, and took second class Classical Honours in 1817. From 1819 to 1823 he was a Fellow of his College, and contemporary with Keble, Newman, and other men of note. He was Curate of Ulcombe in 1825, and became Rector of Stowlangtoft, Ely, in 1832, and died Aug. 24, 1865. His published works included The Christian Householder, or Book of Family Prayers; A Parish Prayer-Book; Short Sermons, &c. His Hymns for Private Devotion for the Sundays and Saints' Days throughout the Year, were published in 1825 (Lond. Hatchards). Very few of these hymns have come into common use. That for Christmas Day… Go to person page >

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First Line: Though rude winds usher thee, sweet day
Author: Samuel Rickards
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.8
Copyright: Public Domain

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