1 'Tis winter now; the fallen snow
has left the heavens all coldly clear;
through leafless boughs the sharp winds blow,
and all the earth lies dead and drear.
2 And yet God's love is not withdrawn;
his life within the keen air breathes;
his beauty paints the crimson dawn,
and clothes each branch with glittering wreaths.
3 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.
4 O God, you give the winter's cold,
as well as summer's joyous rays,
you warmly in your love enfold,
and keep us through life's wintry days.
|First Line:||'Tis winter now; the fallen snow|
|Author:||Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892)|
|Scripture:||Exodus 21:5; Genesis 8:22; Job 37:9-10; Psalm 74:17; Psalm 121:7; Psalm 147:15-18; Romans 11:29|
|Topic:||The Living God: Our Response to God - in times and seasons; Providence; Winter|
|Name:||O WALY WALY|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
|Source:||English traditional melody; arranged Church Hymnary, 3rd edition, 1973|
|Copyright:||© Church Hymnary Trust|