Winter reigneth o'er the land

Winter reigneth o'er the land

Author: William Walsham How
Published in 15 hymnals

Representative Text

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.

Amen.

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
Meter: 7.7.7.7
Language: English
Publication Date: 1918
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

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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Instances

Instances (1 - 15 of 15)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Church of England Hymn Book: adapted to the daily services of the Church throughout the year #98
A Hymnal and Service Book for Sunday Schools, Day Schools, Guilds, Brotherhoods, etc. #159Page Scan
Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #266Page Scan
Church Hymnal, Third Edition #316
Church Hymns with Tunes #64
Hymns and Tunes for Schools #258Page Scan
School and Parish Hymnal: with tunes #264Page Scan
Songs for Sunday Schools and How to Use Them #104Page Scan
Sursum Corda: a book of praise #800Page Scan
The Book of Praise #694
The Children's Hymnal with Tunes #196Page Scan
The Presbyterian Book of Praise: approved and commended by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, with Tunes #484Page Scan
The Presbyterian Book of Praise: approved and commended by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada; With tunes; Part I. Selections from the Psalter. Part II. The Hymnal, rev, and en. #484Page Scan
The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #205Page Scan
Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #35TextPage Scan
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