There shall be showers of blessing

There shall be showers of blessing. Daniel Webster Whittle* (1840-1901). Written at some time before 1883, when it was published in Gospel Hymns No 4 (New York,1883), edited by Ira D. Sankey*, James McGranahan*, and George C. Stebbins*, with a tune by McGranahan (who succeeded Philip P. Bliss* as Whittle’s song leader in his evangelistic campaigns) called SHOWERS OF BLESSING. The first line is a direct quotation from Ezekiel 34: 26, which headed the hymn when it was further published in The Gospel Choir (1884). The hymn ingeniously acknowledges that ‘mercy drops’ are falling around us, but pleads for showers of blessing rather than drops of mercy. In some books the word ‘SHOWERS’ is given...

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