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THE BARREN FIG TREE




The master of the vineyard sees
A barren stock amidst his trees,
Which he for years had fruitless found,
A worthless cumberer of the ground.


He to his steward gives command
To cut it down, and clear the land;
The dresser asks in earnest prayer,
Oh spare it, Lord, another year.


Iíll prune it well, manure it round,
And then should there no fruit be found,
At thy command Iíll strike the blow,
And lay the sapless branches low.


Thus, Lord, Iíve been a fruitless tree,
And oh have patience too with me;
May I from thee new life derive,
And in thy vineyard bloom and thrive.


Spare, spare me, Lord, another year,
And make my fruitfulness appear;
let thine almighty arm defend,
Thy grace in copious showers descend.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1818
      Bible Refs: Lk 13:6-9;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1818# 347
      MUSIC
      Name: AFFECTION
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1838
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        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 56C
        # 315C
        # 430C
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