Scripture Verse

I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. Leviticus 26:4

Introduction

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Charles H. Gabriel
1856–1932

Words & Mu­sic: Charles H. Ga­bri­el, Joy­ful Praise (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Jen­nings & Pye, 1902) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lyrics

Had we on­ly sun­shine all the year around,
Without the bless­ing of re­fresh­ing rain,
Would we scat­ter seed up­on the fal­low ground,
And hope to ga­ther flow­ers, fruit and grain?

Refrain

Sunshine and rain, re­fresh­ing, re­viv­ing rain,
Light of faith and love, show­ers from above!
Sunshine and rain, to nour­ish the grow­ing grain,
Send us, Lord, the love, sun­shine and the rain.

Had we not a sor­row or a cross to bear,
For Him who bore the bur­den of our sin,
Would we know the sweet­ness of His love and care,
Or even strive eter­nal joys to win?

Refrain

Can we prize the sun­shine and de­plore the rain,
Repining when the days are dark and drear?
Can we hope for plea­sures yet de­ny the pain,
Or share the joys of life with­out the tear?

Refrain