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What Sweet Reflection, Calm Repose

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1 What sweet reflection—calm repose
The gospel preacher's meed,
To feel once more 'mid joys and woes
He sowed the golden seed.

2 Though some beside the way did fly
And some on rocks did spoil;
Though some among the thorns did die,
Perhaps some found good soil.

3 But if no sign of fruit he see
Still, one blest thought remains:
Obeying God's most strict decree
He sowed the precious grains.

4 Obedience, then, to God's commands
Attracts him on his throne,
'Tis fixed among his gracious plans
Th'obedient soul he'll own.

5 Then, sow, ye husbandmen, cast 'way
The Master's choicest seeds;
The seeds you sow in tears today
With morn bring golden sheaves.



Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #366

Author: B. F. Wheeler

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First Line: What sweet reflection, calm repose
Title: What Sweet Reflection, Calm Repose
Author: B. F. Wheeler
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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WINCHESTER OLD

WINCHESTER OLD is a famous common-meter psalm tune, presumably arranged by George Kirbye (b. Suffolk, England, c. 1560; d. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1634) from a melody in Christopher Tye's Acts of the Apostles and published in T. Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes (1592) set to Psalm 84. Ki…

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