Advent Hymnals

237. BEAUTY FOR ASHES

Christ in Song,

1.
I sing the love of God, my Father,
Whose Spirit abides within,
Who changes all my grief to gladness,
And pardons me all my sin.
Tho' clouds may lower, dark and dreary,
Yet He has promised to be near;
He gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And "beauty for ashes," here. 
He gives me joy in place of sorrow;
He gives me love that casts out fear;
He gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And "beauty for ashes," here.

2.
I sing the love of Christ, my Saviour,
Who suffer'd upon the tree,
That in the secret of His presence,
My bondage might freedom be.
He comes "to bind the broken hearted;"
He comes the fainting soul to cheer;
He gives me "oil of joy" for mourning,
And "beauty for ashes," here.
He gives me joy in place of sorrow;
He gives me love that casts out fear;
He gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And "beauty for ashes," here.

3.
I sing the beauty of the Gospel
That scatters not thorns, but flow'rs,
That bids me scatter smiles and sunbeams
Wherever are lonely hours.
The "garment of His praise" it offers
For "heaviness of spirit," drear;
It gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And "beauty for ashes," here.
He gives me joy in place of sorrow;
He gives me love that casts out fear;
He gives me sunshine for my shadow,
And "beauty for ashes," here.



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Title Beauty For Ashes
Key A♭ Major
Titles He gives me joy in place of sorrow
First Line I sing the love of God, my Father
Author J. G. C.
Year 1908
Composer J. G. Crabbe
Hymnal -
Tune I sing the love of God, my Father
Metrical pattern
# Stanzas
Chorus
Chorus Type
Subjects God: Praise to God; Living His Life: Joy of Salvation; Special Selections: Choir or Quartet
Texts Isaiah 61:3
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