Scripture Verse

After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. Hosea 6:2–3

Introduction

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John Newton
(1725–1807)

Words: John New­ton, Ol­ney Hymns (Lon­don: W. Ol­iv­er, 1779), Book 2, num­ber 33, vers­es 1–3 (Pleas­ing Spring Again Is Here!). The au­thor of verse 4 is un­known. This ver­sion ap­peared in The Coun­cil Hymn Book, 1905.

Music: Da Chris­tus Ge­bor­en me­lo­dy prob­ab­ly by Jo­hann F. Doles (1715–1797) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Johann F. Doles
(1715–1797)

Lyrics

Kindly spring again is here,
Trees and fields in bloom appear;
Hark! the birds with artless lays
Warble their creator’s praise.

Where in winter all was snow,
Now the flowers in clusters grow;
And the corn, in green array,
Promises a harvest-day.

Lord, afford a spring to me,
Let me feel like what I see;
Speak, and by Thy gracious voice,
Make my drooping soul rejoice.

On Thy garden deign to smile,
Raise the plants, enrich the soil;
Soon Thy presence will restore
Life to what seemed dead before.

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