1 Amidst the mighty, where is he
who saith, and it is done?
Each varying scene of changeful life
is from the Lord alone.
2 He gives in gladsome bow’rs to dwell,
or clothes in sorrow’s shroud;
his hand hath form'd the light, his hand
hath form'd the dark’ning cloud.
3 Why should a living man complain
beneath the chast’ning rod?
Our sins afflict us; and the cross
must bring us back to God.
4 O sons of men! with anxious care
your hearts and ways explore;
return from paths of vice to God:
return, and sin no more!
Morison, John, D.D., was born in Aberdeenshire in 1749. He studied at the University of Aberdeen (King's College), where he graduated M.A. in 1771. In 1780 he became parish minister of Canisbay, Caithness. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1792. He died at Canisbay, June 12, 1798. He was one of the members added on May 26, 1781, to the Committee appointed by the General Assembly of 1775 to revise the Translations and Paraphrases of 1745. To him are ascribed Nos. 19, 21, 29, 30 and 35, in the 1781 collection, and he is said to have been joint author with John Logan of Nos. 27 and 28. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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Amidst the mighty, where is he. John Morison. [Cross and Consolation.] First appeared as No. 29 in the Draft Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, as a version of Lam. iii. 37-40, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. The only variation in the public worship edition issued in that year by the Church of Scotland and still in use is from pine to clothes in stanza ii., 1.2. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron (q.v.) ascribed to Morison. From the 1781 it has passed into a few modern hymnals, and is included as No. 286 in Kennedy, 1863, slightly altered. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]