Winter reigneth o'er the land

Winter reigneth o'er the land

Author: William Walsham How
Published in 15 hymnals

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1 Winter reigneth o'er the land,
Freezing with its icy breath;
Dead and bare the tall trees stand;
All is chill and drear as death.

2 Yet it seemeth but a day
Since the summer flowers were here,
Since they stacked the balmy hay,
Since they reaped the golden ear.

3 Sunny days are past and gone:
So the years go, speeding fast,
Onward ever, each new one
Swifter speeding than the last.

4 Life is waning; life is brief:
Death, like winter, standeth nigh:
Each one, like the falling leaf,
Soon shall fade, and fall, and die.

5 But the sleeping earth shall wake,
And the flowers shall burst in bloom,
And all Nature rising break
Glorious from its wintry tomb.

6 So, Lord, after slumber blest
Comes a bright awakening,
And our flesh in hope shall rest
Of a never-fading Spring.


Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #35

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Winter reigneth o'er the land
Author: William Walsham How
Language: English
Publication Date: 1918
Copyright: Public Domain


Winter reigneth o'er the land. Bishop W. W. How. [Winter.] Written for and first published in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871> No. 64, and from thence has passed into numerous collections. In a few hymn-books, including Sir Josiah Mason's Birmingham Orphanage Hymnal, stanzas iii.-vi. are given as a hymn, “Sunny days are past and gone," but this mutilated text is not popular. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Church of England Hymn Book #98

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Church Hymnal, Third Edition #316

Church Hymns with Tunes #64

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Hymns and Tunes for Schools #258

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School and Parish Hymnal #264

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Songs for Sunday Schools and How to Use Them #104

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Sursum Corda #800

The Book of Praise #694

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The Children's Hymnal with Tunes #196

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The Presbyterian Book of Praise #484

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The Presbyterian Book of Praise #484

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #205

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Voices of Praise #35

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