Winter reigneth o’er the land.

Winter reigneth o’er the land. William Walsham How* (1823-1897). This was one of four hymns written by How on the seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter, of which the best known is ‘Summer suns are glowing’*. They were all published in Church Hymns (1871; Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874). In JJ this hymn was described as appearing in ‘numerous collections’, and as being found in a shortened and ‘mutilated’ form in ‘Sir Josiah Mason’s Birmingham Orphanage Hymnal’ (a copy of this hymnal has not been located). The ‘numerous collections’ included Godfrey Thring*’s A Church of England Hymn Book (1880) and the Primitive Methodist Hymnal Supplement (1912). It was also found in the...

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