Temperance Hymn Book And Minstrels

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30                                     HOPE OF REFORM.
4 All things on earth, and all heaven, On thy eternal will depend; And all for greater good were given, And all shall in thy glory end.
34                        L. M.
1   THERE was a time, there was a time,
_ When earth was fair and heav'n was bright, To eyes that now are dimmed with tears, In prospect of eternal night.
2  There was a time, there was time, When all was joy within that breast, Where memory now, with scorpion whip, Scourges the conscience from its rest.
3  There was a time, there was a time, When noblest feelings swelled the soul, Until the tempter overcame
And drowned those feelings in the bowl.
4  There was a time, there was a time, When life's young spring was gay and fair, And promised much ; but winter came, The dreary winter of despair!
5  And must it be for ever so ?
Is man's the melancholy doom, That in his breast no flowers revive ; No second spring can ever bloom ?
6  No—there are balmy gales whose wings Shed quickening odours from above, While settle on the withered heart The freshening dews of heavenly love.
7  They will restore the drooping plant Of virtue, which shall never die, But flourish in a brighter green, Until transplanted to the sky.
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