Scripture Verse

My beloved spoke and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For the winter is past; the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear upon the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:10–12

Introduction

Words: Jack­son Ma­son, in Sup­ple­men­tal Hymns to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1889.

Music: O Voice Jo­seph Barn­by, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1889 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Ma­son (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

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Joseph Barnby
1838–1896

Lyrics

O voice of the Be­lov­èd!
Thy bride hath heard Thee say,
“Rise up, My love, My fair one,
Arise and come away.
For lo, ’tis past, the win­ter,
The win­ter of thy year;
The rain is past and ov­er,
The flow­ers on earth ap­pear.

And now the time of sing­ing
Is come for ev­ery bird;
And ov­er all the coun­try
The tur­tle dove is heard;
The fig her green fruit rip­ens,
The vines are in their bloom;
Arise and smell their frag­rance;
My love, My fair one, come!

Yea, Lord! Thy pass­ion ov­er,
We know this life of ours
Hath passed from death and win­ter
To leaves and bud­ding flow­ers;
No more Thy rain of weep­ing
In drear Geth­se­ma­ne;
No more the clouds and dark­ness,
That veiled Thy bi­tter tree.

Our East­er sun is ris­en!
And yet we slum­ber long,
And need Thy dove’s sweet plead­ing
To wak­en pray­er and song.
Oh breathe up­on our dead­ness,
Oh shine up­on our gloom;
Lord, let us feel Thy pre­sence
And rise and live and bloom.