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HOW DOES THE RAIN COME?, by            
First Line: How does the rain come? Gently, gently
Last Line: Pearly, pearly comes the rain.
Subject(s): Rain


How does the rain come? Gently, gently,
Quiet as dew at the evening time—
Still as the manna to Israel given,
Coating the earth at the hour of prime;
Tripping so lightly over the meadows,
Scarcely starting the busy swain;
Bidding the pride of man keep silence—
Gently, gently comes the rain.

How does the rain come? Noisy, noisy;
Clouds are gathering, forest roars,
Winds are whistling, lightnings glancing,
Thunders rolling, and down it pours!
Noisy 'tis as myriad footsteps
Over the roof and over the pane,
Tripping in time with Nature's voices—
Noisy, noisy comes the rain.

How does the rain come? Kindly, kindly,
Wakening Nature, which seems so dead;
Freeing the earth of its pallid mantle,
Calling the flowers from wintry bed;
Causing the fields to bud and blossom,
Bringing the fruits in its welcome train,
Filling the heart of man with gladness—
Kindly, kindly comes the rain.

How does the rain come? Pearly, pearly,
Every drop is a shining sphere,
When the glorious Bow of Promise
Says to man there is naught to fear;
Gems of beauty with love resplendent,
Pledges that He will His wrath restrain;
Jewels they are from Heaven's own casket—
Pearly, pearly comes the rain.





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