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Thy wanderings have been vaster far
For thrice thy weary feet have trod
And leaning on the hand of God,
With halting step and panting breath,
Thrice from the edge of that dread bourn,
From which no travellers return,
Thou hast, like him who rose at Nain,
Come back to life and light again.
Each winding of that mournful way,
Through restless night and tedious day
Through hairbreadth scapes and shocks as rude
As e'er are met in fire or flood,
Thou, in thy solitary strife,
Hast borne aloft thy charmed life.
Yet in this pilgrimage of ill
Sweet tracts and isles of peace were thine— Dear watchful friends, strong gentle skill,
Consoling words of Love Divine,
Those long descents, that upward climb,
Breathed as by Alpine heights sublime
And still as months and years roll by,
The land of wisdom's purest gold.
'Hast Thou, O Father, dear and true,
Bless, O my Father, bless me too,
Rest, troubled spirit, calmly rest;
And from thy hard-wrought happiness
Thou wilt the world around thee bless.
Born 1820. Died 1881.
OH, may I join the choir invisible
So to live is heaven:
This is life to come,
Anna Ljctitia Waring.
Thy Will Be Done.
FATHER, I know that all my life
I do not fear to see;
I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles
And a heart at leisure from itself,
I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro;
A secret thing to know:
And guided where I go.
Wherever in the world I am,
In whatsoe'er estate,
To keep and cultivate,
For the Lord on whom I wait.
To none that ask denied, And a mind to blend with outward strife
While keeping at Thy side; Content to fill a little space,
So Thou be glorified.
And if some things I do not ask
In my cup of blessing be,
With grateful love to Thee;
Than to please Thee perfectly.
There are briars besetting every path
That call for patient care; There is a cross in every lot,
And an earnest need for prayer; But a lowly heart, that leans on Thee,
Is happy anywhere.
In a service which Thy will appoints,
For my inmost heart is taught the truth
And a life of self-renouncing love