Description: Published in Supplement to the Kentucky Harmony, 1820, p. 19. A folk hymn (Jackson 1953b, no. 212). Words by an anonymous author, apparently first published with this tune in 1820, in four stanzas.
Original text and translations
1. When winter is over and spring is begun,
When nature is warmed by the rays of the sun,
Our prospects are raised by the opening year,
And fruits are expected when blossoms appear.
2. Our fond expectations thus bear us away,
When beautiful prospects our eyes still survey;
But sudden, a dreadful and untimely frost
Restores winter's gloom and our hopes are all lost.
3. Just so in a season when conscience awakes,
Calls loudly to sinners their crimes to forsake,
Tis then, that with pleasing emotion we trace
The tears of the mourner adorning each face.
4. But O! in the midst of this pleasing delight,
We look for the fruit, but it's snatched from the sight;
Some fatal temptation conviction destroys,
And cut off the hope which had promised us joy.