The glory of the spring how sweet

The glory of the spring how sweet. Thomas Hornblower Gill* (1819-1906). Written at Whitsun 1867, and published in Gill’s The Golden Chain of Praise (1868) in nine 4-line stanzas. It was entitled ‘The Divine Renewer’, and headed ‘Thou renewest the face of the earth.’ and ‘Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.’ (from Psalm 104: 30 and Ephesians 4: 23). Gill was making clear the message of the hymn: that the spring in nature should correspond to a new life within (cf. ‘Kindly spring again is here’* by John Newton*). It was described by JJ  as ‘an exquisite lyric’, and he noted its appearance in a number of 19th-century hymnbooks, including William Garrett Horder*’s Congregational Hymns...

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