Scripture Verse

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord. Habakkuk 3:17–18

Introduction

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Robert G. Staples
(1833–1891)

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Ro­bert G. Sta­ples. The first known pub­li­cation was in Mu­si­ca Sac­ra: or, Spring­field and Uti­ca Col­lect­ions Unit­ed, ed­it­ed by Tho­mas Hast­ings & So­lo­mon War­rin­er (Uti­ca, New York: Will­iam Will­iams, 1819), num­ber 200. Chro­no­lo­gi­cal­ly, the at­tri­bu­tion to Sta­ples seems sus­pect, as his ma­jor works were pub­lished in the 1870s and 1880s.

Music: Che­nies Ti­mo­thy R. Mat­thews, 1855 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Timothy R. Matthews
(1826–1910)

Lyrics

To Thee, in youth’s bright morning
Father of all, we pray;
While thought and fancy dawning,
Lead on the rising day;
To Thee, in life’s last even,
We’ll tune our feebler breath;
Hear all our sins forgiven,
And softly sleep in death.

When from death’s sleep we waken,
No fears shall us surprise;
All earthly things forsaken,
What joys shall meet our eyes!
With rapture then increasing,
For ever we’ll rejoice;
And praises never ceasing,
Shall wake each tuneful voice.

Though vine nor fig tree either
Its fruit or leaves should bear;
Though all the fields should wither,
Nor flocks nor herds be there;
Yet God, the same abiding,
His praise shall tune my voice;
For while in Him confiding,
I cannot but rejoice.