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Distress 32b

The Sacred Harp, 1991 (Denson) Edition

Composer: Southern Harmony, 1835
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