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Mt God, my Father, while I stray
0 teach me from my heart to say,
Thy will be done!
Though dark my path and sad my lot,
What, though in lonely grief I sigh
Though Thou hast call'd me to resign
1 have but yielded what was Thine;
Thy will be done!
Let but my fainting heart be blest,
Renew my will from day to day;
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
Behind a frowning providence
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
God is His own interpreter,
Fab from my heavenly home,
Upon the willows long
My spirit homeward turns,
To thee, to thee, I press,
God of my life be near;
And bring me home at last. Amen.
Aet thou weary, art thou languid,
Come to me, says One, and coming,
Has He marks to lead me to Him,
If He be my guide? In His hands and feet are wound-prints, And His side.
Is there diadem, as monarch,
That His brow adorns?
Yes, a crown, in very surety,
But of thorns.
If I ask Him to receive me,
If I find Him, if I follow,
What His wages here? Many a sorrow, many a labour,
Many a tear.
Finding, following, ever keeping,
Is He sure to bless?
Glory be to Thee, the Father,
And to Thee, the Son, And to Thee, the Holy Spirit,
Ever One. Amen.
289. s M.
O Whebe shall rest be found,
Best for the weary soul? 'Twere vain the ocean's depths to sound,
Or pierce to either pole.
The world can never give
'Tis not the whole of life to live,
Beyond this vale of tears
There is a life above; Unmeasured by the flight of years,
And all that life is love.
There is a death, whose pang
O what eternal horrors hang
Lord God of truth and grace,
Lest we be banish'd from Thy face,
Here would we end our quest,
Alone are found in Thee,
Of immortality. Amen.