Famine and Dearth

Hymn of Praise for the Abundant Harvest of 1796

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A
HYMN OF PRAISE
FOR THE
Abundant Harvest of 1796

Hannah More
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A HYMN, &c.

GREAT God! when Famine threaten'd late
To scourge our guilty land,
O did we learn from that dark fate
To dread thy mighty hand ?

II

Did then our sins to mem'ry rise?
Or own'd we GOD was just ?
Or rais'd we penitential cries ?
Or bow'd we in the dust?
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III

Did we forsake one evil path,
Was any sin abhorr'd?
Or did we deprecate thy wrath,
And turn us to the Lord?

IV

Tis true we fail'd not to repine,
But did we too repent?
Or own the chastisement divine
In awful judgment sent?

V

Tho' the bright chain of Peace is broke,
And war with ruthless sword
Unpeoples nations at a stroke,
Yet who regards the Lord?
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VI

But GOD, who in his strict decrees
Remembers mercy still,
Can, in a moment, if he please,
Our hearts with comfort fill.

VII

He mark'd our angry spirits rise,
Domestic hate increase;
And for a time withheld supplies,
To teach us love and peace.

VIII

He, when he brings his children low,
Has blessings still in store;
And when he strikes the heaviest blow,
He does but love us more.
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IX

Now, Frost, and Flood, and Blight no more
Our golden harvests spoil;
See, what an unexampl'd store
Rewards the Reaper's toil!

X

As when the promis'd harvest fail'd
In Canaan's fruitful land;
The envious Patriarchs were assail'd
By famine's pressing hand.

XI

The-angry brothers then forgot
Each fierce and jarring feud:
United by their adverse lot,
They lov'd brothers shou'd.
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XII

So here, from Heaven's correcting hand,
Tho' famine fail'd to move;
Let Plenty now throughout the land,
Rekindle peace and love.

XIII

Like the rich fool, let us not say,
Soul! thou hast goods in store!
But shake the overplus away,
To feed the aged poor.

XIV

Let rich and poor, on whom are now
Such bounteous crops bestow'd,
Raise many a pure and holy vow
In gratitude to GOD!
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XV

And while his gracious name we praise
For bread so kindly given;
Let us beseech him, all our days,
To give the bread of heav'n.

XVI

In that blest Prayer our Lord did frame,
Of all our prayers the guide;
We ask that ''hallow'd be his name,"
And then our wants supplied.

XVII

For grace he bids us first implore,
Next, that we may be fed;
We say, ''Thy will be done,'' before
We ask ''our daily bread.''

THE END.

This is a selection from the original text

Keywords

crops, famine, flood, reaper, war

Source text

Title: Hymn of Praise for the Abundant Harvest of 1796

Author: Hannah More

Publisher: J. Marshall

Publication date: 1796

Edition: 1st Edition

Place of publication: London

Provenance/location: This text was transcribed from images available at Eighteenth Century Collections Online: http://www.gale.com/primary-sources/eighteenth-century-collections-online/

Digital edition

Original author(s): Hannah More

Language: English

Selection used:

  • 1 ) pages 3 to 8

Responsibility:

Texts collected by: Ayesha Mukherjee, Amlan Das Gupta, Azarmi Dukht Safavi

Texts transcribed by: Muhammad Irshad Alam, Bonisha Bhattacharya, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Muhammad Ehteshamuddin, Kahkashan Khalil, Sarbajit Mitra

Texts encoded by: Bonisha Bhattacharya, Shreya Bose, Lucy Corley, Kinshuk Das, Bedbyas Datta, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Sarbajit Mitra, Josh Monk, Reesoom Pal

Encoding checking by: Hannah Petrie, Gary Stringer, Charlotte Tupman

Genre: Britain > poetry

For more information about the project, contact Dr Ayesha Mukherjee at the University of Exeter.

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