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William Williams

Once, during a long season of drought, he was walking through the fields, and found some little beasts of prey making busy mischief among the green corn; whereon he pertinently asked:

Why should beasts of prey be suffered

To destroy the tender blade?


Why should sweet and youthful blossoms

In the drought be left to fade?

Bring the pleasant showers refreshing,

That the grain may flourish soon;

Bring a shower the early morning,

Bring one more the afternoon.

Jesus, turn the living rivers

O'er the dry and rocky land;

So make beautiful the corn-fields

With the blessings of Thy hand;

From the cool and crystal fountain

Give to him who fainting lies;

Who has toiled without a shelter

All the day 'neath burning skies.

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