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Winter reigneth over the land

Winter reigneth over the land

Author: William Walsham How
Tune: CLARENCE (Sullivan)
Published in 17 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.


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

Author: William Walsham How

William W. How (b. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, 1823; d. Leenane, County Mayo, Ireland, 1897) studied at Wadham College, Oxford, and Durham University and was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. He served various congregations and became Suffragan Bishop in east London in 1879 and Bishop of Wakefield in 1888. Called both the "poor man's bishop" and "the children's bishop," How was known for his work among the destitute in the London slums and among the factory workers in west Yorkshire. He wrote a number of theological works about controversies surrounding the Oxford Movement and attempted to reconcile biblical creation with the theory of evolution. He was joint editor of Psalms and Hymns (1854) and Church Hymns (1871). While rec… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Winter reigneth over 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)



Instances (1 - 17 of 17)

A Church of England Hymn Book #98

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Book of Worship #123

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Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #266

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 #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 Church Hymnary #500

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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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