Whiteness of winter snows

Whiteness of winter snows. Mary Butler* (1841-1916). According the Kelynack (1950, p. 358), this hymn appeared in the Council School Hymn Book (1905). Council schools were those founded and run by the local authority. This hymn, with its reference to ‘girl or boy’ (stanza 2 line 5) may have been written particularly for those schoolchildren. It had three stanzas. The first uses colour, the second uses sound, and the third virtues: Whiteness of winter snows, Green of the budding leaves, Red of the summer rose, Gold of the autumn leaves, Grey cloud and rainbow bright, Come from the Lord of light. Rush of the wind on the sea, Voice of the merry brook, Hum of the honey bee, Call of the...

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