Scripture Verse

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22


Words: Al­ice J. Clea­tor, in Light in the Val­ley (Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: George C. Hugg, 1898), page 196.

Music: San­ti­ago Ro­bert B. Finch, 1898 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


We hail thee, glo­ri­ous sum­mer,
We wel­come thee to­day,
With all thy flow­ery le­gions
And all thy song­birds gay.
The hap­py rills to meet thee
With mer­ry laugh­ter run;
While wood­land ban­ners greet thee,
Beneath a smil­ing sun.


We hail thee, joy­ous sum­mer!
We wel­come thee to­day!
With all thy flow­ery legion,
And all thy song­birds gay.

We hail thy smile of glad­ness
O Summer fair and sweet;
O let us lay all sad­ness
And sigh­ing at thy feet.
The wood­land ways are ring­ing
With ma­ny a mer­ry lay;
Oh let us join in sing­ing
With na­ture’s choir to­day.


O Sum­mer, thou hast brought us
A mes­sage sweet and fair;
O Sum­mer, thou hast taught us
Of Hea­ven’s brood­ing care.
Thy gleam­ing skies of glo­ry
Watch o’er the world in love;
They tell a glad, sweet sto­ry
Of sum­mer lands above.