Scripture Verse

Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: Thou hast made summer and winter. Psalm 74:17

Introduction

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Julia H. Johnston
1849–1919

Words: Ju­lia H. John­ston, in Bi­ble Stu­dy Songs, by Ber­tha F. Vel­la & Da­ni­el B. Tow­ner (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts & Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Pil­grim Press, 1899), page 131.

Music: Jo­lie O. T. Wren (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Wren’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), or a bet­ter one of John­ston,

Lyrics

The long, long days of sum­mer,
The sun­ny days are here;
The rip­en­ing grain is bend­ing,
The air is soft and clear.

Refrain

O God, Thy ten­der mer­cies
Like ev­en­ing dews des­cend;
Thou giv­est rain and sun­shine,
On Thee our hopes de­pend.

The glow­ing heat at noon­tide,
The hush of ev­en­ing’s calm,
Remind us of Thy pre­sence,
To Thee we raise our psalm.

Refrain

In life’s fair sum­mer wea­ther,
Oh, may we look to Thee;
And when the storms o’er­take us,
Our re­fuge Thou shalt be.

Refrain