688. By cool Siloam's shady rill

1 By cool Siloam's shady rill
how sweet the lily grows!
How sweet the breath beneath the hill
of Sharon's dewy rose!

2 Lo! such the child whose early feet
the paths of peace have trod,
whose secret heart with influence sweet
is upward drawn to God.

3 By cool Siloam's shady rill
the lily must decay,
the rose that blooms beneath the hill
must shortly fade away;

4 And soon, too soon, the wintry hour
of life's maturer age
will shake the soul with sorrow's power
and stormy passion's rage.

5 O thou, whose infant feet were found
within thy Father's shrine,
whose years, with changeless virtue crowned,
were all alike divine,

6 Dependent on thy bounteous breath
we seek thy grace alone,
through every stage of life, and death,
to keep us still thine own.

Text Information
First Line: By cool Siloam's shady rill
Author: Reginald Heber (1783-1826) (alt.)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 2008
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: The Holy Spirit: The Church Celebrates - Family, Friendship, and Marriage; Funerals: general; Stages of Life
Tune Information
Composer: William Gardiner (1770-1853)
Meter: CM
Key: G Major
Source: Harm.: compilers of Revised Church Hymnary, 1927

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