All Beautiful the March of Days

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1 All beautiful the march of days,
as seasons come and go;
the hand that shaped the rose hath wrought
the crystal of the snow,
hath sent the hoary frost of heaven,
the flowing waters sealed,
and laid a silent loveliness
on hill and wood and field.

2 O’er white expanses, sparkling pure ,
the radiant morns unfold;
the solemn splendours of the night
burn brighter through the cold;
life mounts in every throbbing vein,
love deepens round the hearth,
and clearer sounds the angel hymn,
"Good will and peace on earth."

3 O thou, from whose unfathomed law
the year in beauty flows,
thyself the vision passing by
in crystal and in rose,
day unto day doth utter speech,
and night to night proclaim
in ever-changing words of light
the wonder of thy name.

Source: Common Praise (1998) #427

Author: Frances Whitmarsh Wile

Wile, Mrs. Frances Whitmarsh. (Bristol Centre, New York, December 2, 1878--July 31, 1939, Rochester, N.Y.). Married A.J. Wile in 1901. Her lovely hymn for use in winter, beginning "All beautiful the march of days" was written about 1907 while she was a parishioner of Rev. William C. Gannett, in Rochester, N.Y., in consultation with him, and was included in Gannett and Hosmer's revised edition of Unity Hymns and Chorals, 1911, from which it passed into The New Hymn and Tune Book, 1914, and Hymns of the Spirit, 1937. --Henry Wilder Foote, DNAH Archives… Go to person page >



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