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.
Source: Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #688
|First Line:||By cool Siloam's shady rill|
|Title:||The Christian Child|
|Author:||Reginald Heber (1812)|
By cool Siloam's shady fountain [rill]. Bp. R. Heber. [Epiphany.] In its original form as "By cool Siloam's shady fountain" this hymn was given in the April No. of the Christian Observer, 1812. It was subsequently rewritten in C.M. as "By cool Siloam's shady rill,” and published in his posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, for the 1st Sunday after the Epiphany. From the Hymns, it has passed into a great number of hymnals both in Great Britain and America, sometimes in full, and again with the omission of one or more stanzas, and is most popular as a children's hymn. Authorized text in Stevenson's Hymns for Church & Home, 1873.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)