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Springtime

 

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Arranged by Sullivan for inclusion in “Church Hymns with Tunes”, S.P.C.K., 1874.

1 For all Thy love and goodness, so bounti-|-ful and free,
    Thy name, Lord, be adored!
  On the wings of joyous praise our hearts soar | up to Thee:
    Glory to the Lord!

2 The spring-time breaks all round about, waking from | winter’s night:
    Thy name, Lord, be adored!
  The sunshine, like God’s love, pours down in floods of | golden light:
    Glory to the Lord!

3 A voice of joy is in all the earth, a voice is in | all the air:
    Thy name, Lord, be adored!
  All nature singeth aloud to God; there is gladness | everywhere:
    Glory to the Lord!

4 The flowers are strewn in field and copse, on the hill and | on the plain;
    Thy name, Lord, be adored!
The soft air stirs in the tender leaves that clothe the | trees again:
    Glory to the Lord!

5 The works of Thy hands are very fair; and for all Thy | bounteous love
    Thy name, Lord, be adored!
  But what, if this world is so fair, is the better | land above?
    Glory to the Lord!

6 O, to awake from death’s short sleep, like the flowers from their | wintry grave!
    Thy name, Lord, be adored!
  And to rise all glorious in the day when Christ shall | come to save!
    Glory to the Lord!

7 O, to dwell in that happy land, where the heart cannot choose | but to sing!
    Thy name, Lord, be adored!
  And where the life of the blessèd ones is a beautiful | endless spring!
    Glory to the Lord!
Alleluia! Amen.

William Walsham How, 1871..

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