When spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil

When spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil. Reginald Heber* (1783-1826). First published in the Christian Observer in 1816, entitled ‘Spring’. This hymn was revised for Heber’s Hymns written and adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year (1827). It was originally printed in four 8-line stanzas, but the customary printing is in 4-line stanzas. It was placed in 1827 as the hymn for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity, in which the Collect addresses God as ‘Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things…’. This is echoed in the first stanza: When spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil;When summer’s balmy showers refresh the...

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