O Thou who driest the mourner’s tear

O Thou Who driest the mourner’s tear.  Thomas Moore* (1779-1852)  From Moore’s A Series of Sacred Songs, Duetts and Trios (1816) in two 12-line stanzas, prefaced by a quotation: ‘He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. – Ps. cxlvii. 3.’ The text was as follows (Godley, 1907):  Oh, Thou! Who dry’st the mourners’ tear,   How dark this world would be, If, when deceiv’d and wounded here,   We could not fly to Thee! The friends, who in our sunshine live,   When winter comes, are flown; And he who has but tears to give,   Must weep those tears alone. But thou wilt heal that broken heart,   Which, like the plants that throw Their fragrance from the wounded part,   Breathes...

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