Scripture Verse

If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence…if My people…humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:13–14

Introduction

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Thomas T. Lynch
(1818–1871)

Words: Tho­mas T. Lynch, The Ri­vu­let, third ed­i­tion, en­larged (Lon­don: Long­mans, Green, Read­er & Dyer, 1868), num­ber 163.

Music: Lou­el­la in Har­mo­nia Sac­ra, by Jo­seph Funk, 12th ed­i­tion, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

With many a swift and crashing stroke
From clouds, the frigates of the sky,
Huge solemn-sailing clouds, there broke
Victorious bursts of energy.

The lance-like rain, the darting hail,
These rushed and ceased, while round about
The sulfurous lightnings, red or pale,
Gleamed and led on the rolling shout.

I saw the glorious battle-show,
The Lord came down, and for us fought;
Blights and diseases were the foe;
Great was the victory He wrought.

Now breathes a tranquil, buoyant air;
Nature oppressed is calm and free;
O storm, thy sounds of terror were
The signals of thy victory.

One general pleasure of release
Pervades today the earth and sky;
Bright quiet clouds, like ships of peace,
The airy ocean beautify.

While anchored on the horizon far,
Dark, battle-broken clouds attest
The sharpness of that heavenly war
By which they purchased us our rest.