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Distress 50b

The Sacred Harp, 2012 Revised Cooper Edition

Composer: Southern Harmony, 1835
Alto: Wilson Marion Cooper, 1902
Poet: Anne Steele, 1760
Meter: Long Meter (8,8,8,8)
Stanza Poetry Source by First Line
1
So fades the lovely blooming flow’r;
Frail, smiling solace of an hour;
So soon our transient comforts fly,
And pleasure only blooms to die.


So fades the lovely blooming flow’r,, Stanza 1
2
Is there no kind, no healing art
To soothe the anguish of the heart?
Spirit of grace, be ever nigh;
Thy comforts are not made to die.


So fades the lovely blooming flow’r,, Stanza 3
3
Let gentle patience smile on pain,
’Till dying hope revives again;
Hope wipes the tear from sorrow’s eye,
And faith points upward to the sky.


So fades the lovely blooming flow’r,, Stanza 6