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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

John Keble 1792–1866

Seed Time Hymn


LORD, in thy name thy servants plead,

And thou hast sworn to hear;

Thine is the harvest, thine the seed,

The fresh and fading year:

Our hope, when autumn winds blew wild,

We trusted, Lord, with thee;

And still, now spring has on us smil’d,

We wait on thy decree.

The former and the latter rain,

The summer sun and air,

The green ear, and the golden grain,

All thine, are ours by prayer.

Thine too by right, and ours by grace,

The wondrous growth unseen,

The hopes that soothe, the fears that brace,

The love that shines serene.

So grant the precious things brought forth

By sun and moon below,

That thee in thy new heaven and earth

We never may forego.