As from the winter sky

As from the winter sky

Author: James Montgomery
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As from the winter sky,
When keen the tempests blow,
O'er fields that waste and barren lie,
Descends the softening snow;

Not with ice-binding cold
To chill the stubborn soil,
But crumble and prepare the mould
To meet the plougher's toil.

Then dew, rain, thunder-showers
With milk and honey feed
The infant family of flowers,
And nurse the sower's seed.

Till autumn-sunshine bland,
The grateful ground receives,
And harvest-moonlight, o'er the land,
Brings home the reaper's sheaves:--

Thus, in the reign of grace,
Come gospel-blessings down,
And where they fall or shine, the place
With love, joy, peace, they crown.

God's word, His will performs,
And in this world, destroy'd
By sin and death, through calms or storms,
Returns not to Him void.

May our great union-field,
Where precious seed is sown,
Harvests of souls in season yield
To gather round His throne.

Sacred Poems and Hymns

Author: James Montgomery

Montgomery, James, son of John Montgomery, a Moravian minister, was born at Irvine, Ayrshire, Nov. 4, 1771. In 1776 he removed with his parents to the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, near Ballymena, county of Antrim. Two years after he was sent to the Fulneck Seminary, Yorkshire. He left Fulneck in 1787, and entered a retail shop at Mirfield, near Wakefield. Soon tiring of that he entered upon a similar situation at Wath, near Rotherham, only to find it quite as unsuitable to his taste as the former. A journey to London, with the hope of finding a publisher for his youthful poems ended in failure; and in 1792 he was glad to leave Wath for Shefield to join Mr. Gales, an auctioneer, bookseller, and printer of the Sheffield Register newspap… Go to person page >

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First Line: As from the winter sky
Author: James Montgomery
Language: English