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Winter reigneth o'er the land

Winter reigneth o'er the land

Published in 15 hymnals

Full 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.


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

Text Information

First Line: Winter reigneth o'er the land
Publication Date: 1918
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


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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Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #266Page Scan
Church Hymnal, Third Edition #316
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Hymns and Tunes for Schools #258Page Scan
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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
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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #205Page Scan
Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #35TextPage Scan