What though no flow'rs the fig-tree clothe

What though no flowers the fig tree clothe

Alterer: John Logan; Author: Anonymous
Published in 60 hymnals

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1 What though no flow’rs the fig-tree clothe,
though vines their fruit deny,
the labour of the olive fail,
and fields no meat supply?
2 Though from the fold, with sad surprise,
my flock cut off I see;
though famine pine in empty stalls,
where herds were wont to be?

3 Yet in the Lord will I be glad,
and glory in his love;
in him I’ll joy, who will the God
of my salvation prove.
4 He to my tardy feet shall lend
the swiftness of the roe;
till, rais'd on high, I safely dwell
beyond the reach of woe.

5 God is the treasure of my soul,
the source of lasting joy;
a joy which want shall not impair,
nor death itself destroy.

Source: The Irish Presbyterian Hymbook #R32

Alterer: John Logan

Logan, John, son of a farmer, born at Fala, Midlothian, 1748, and educated at Edinburgh University, in due course entering the ministry of the Church of Scotland and becoming the minister of South Leith in 1770. During the time he held this charge he delivered a course of lectures on philosophy and history with much success. While he was thus engaged, the chair of Universal History in the University became vacant; but as a candidate he was unsuccessful. A tragedy, entitled Runnamede, followed. He offered it to the manager of Covent Garden Theatre, but it was interdicted by the Lord Chamberlain "upon suspicion of having a seditious tendency." It was subsequently acted in Edinburgh. In 1775 he formed one of the Committee by whom the Translati… Go to person page >

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What though no flowers the fig tree clothe
Title: What though no flow'rs the fig-tree clothe
Alterer: John Logan
Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



CHIMES (Mason)

SAWLEY (Walch)

This tune was composed by James Walch in 1857 for a children's anniversary, and was published in 1860 with other tunes for private circulation. It was wrongly assigned, in the early editions of [The Free Church Hymnal, 1888] to the Rev. F. Pigou. Scottish church music: its sources and composers, 189…

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The Cyber Hymnal #9032
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