Hymn for Sunday – ‘Tis Winter Now   3 comments


‘Tis Winter Now
 Samuel Longfellow, 1864

‘Tis winter now; the fallen snow
Has left the heav’ns all coldly clear;
Through leafless boughs the sharp winds blow,
And all the earth lies dead and drear.

And yet God’s love is not withdrawn;
His life within the keen air breathes;
His beauty paints the crimson dawn,
And clothes the boughs with glittering wreaths.

And though abroad the sharp winds blow,
And skies are chill, and frosts are keen,
Home closer draws her circle now,
And warmer glows her light within.

O God! Who giv’st the winter’s cold
As well as summer’s joyous rays,
Us warmly in Thy love enfold,
And keep us through life’s wintry days.


Posted December 2, 2007 by Lana G! in Hymns, Lyrics, Sunday, Winter, Worship

3 responses to “Hymn for Sunday – ‘Tis Winter Now

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  1. I love that last verse. Beautiful picture. I love winter and we’ve had a bit of that here too.

  2. I’m with Susanne, and I love the photo.

  3. Because I’m a choral director, my 12 Kaslo Singers for our Christmas concert
    are singing an anthem based on this lovely text. I searched & found who Samuel Longfellow was, & discovered more of his beautiful texts. How I appreciate his Creation Spirituality bent, in much of what he wrote. Especially do I enjoy:

    O God, in whom we live and move,
    Thy love is law, Thy law is love;
    Thy present Spirit waits to fill
    The soul which comes to do Thy will.

    Unto thy children’s spirits teach
    Thy love, beyond the powers of speech;
    And make them know, with joyful awe,
    The encircling presence of Thy law.

    Its patient working doth fulfill
    our hope, and God’s all-perfect will,
    Nor suffers one true word or thought,
    Or deed of love, to come to naught.

    Such faith, O God, our spirits fill,
    That we may work in patience still.
    Who works for justice, works for Thee;
    Who works in love, Thy child shall be.

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