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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
The Golden Chain of Praise (1869).
II. The Divine Renewer
By Thomas Hornblower Gill (1819–1906)
THE GLORY of the spring how sweet!
  The newborn life how glad!
What joy the happy earth to greet
  In new, bright raiment clad;
The blessèd vernal airs to hail        5
  In their renewing power,
The new song of each nightingale,
  The new birth of each flower!
Divine Renewer! Thee I bless;
  I greet Thy going forth:        10
I love Thee in the loveliness
  Of Thy renewèd earth.
But O! these wonders of Thy grace,
  These nobler works of Thine,
These marvels sweeter far to trace,        15
  These new-births more divine!
These sinful souls Thou hallowest,
  These hearts Thou makest new,
These mourning souls by Thee made blest,
  These faithless hearts made true:        20
This new-born glow of faith so strong,
  This bloom of love so fair;
This new-born ecstasy of song
  And fragrancy of prayer!
Creator Spirit, work in me        25
  These wonders sweet of Thine!
Divine Renewer, graciously
  Renew this heart of mine!
Grant me the grace of the New Birth,
  The joy of the New Song!        30
The vernal bloom, the vernal mirth
  In my new heart prolong!
Still let new life and strength upspring,
  Still let new joy be given!
And grant the glad new song to ring        35
  Through the new earth and Heaven!

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