Father, I know that all my life

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Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,
And the changes that are sure to come,
I do not fear to see;
But I ask Thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.

I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,
Through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
And to wipe the weeping eyes;
And a heart at leisure from itself,
To soothe and sympathize.

I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do,
Or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child,
And guided where I go.

Wherever in the world I am,
In whatsoe'er estate,
I have a fellowship with hearts
To keep and cultivate;
And a work of lowly love to do
For the Lord on whom I wait.

So I ask Thee for the daily strength,
To none that ask denied,
And a mind to blend with outward life
While keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space,
If Thou be glorified.

And if some things I do not ask,
In my cup of blessing be,
I would have my spirit filled the more
With grateful love to Thee —
More careful — not to serve Thee much,
But to please Thee perfectly.

There are briers 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,
There are no bonds for me;
For my inmost heart is taught “the truth”
That makes Thy children “free;”
And a life of self–renouncing love,
Is a life of liberty.

Hymns and Meditations, 1873

Author: Anna Letitia Waring

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Father, I know that all my life. Anna L. Waring. [Resignation.] First published in her Hymns and Meditations, 1850, No. 1, in 8 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed, "My times are in Thy hand." (Enlarged edition 1863-1871.) One of the first, if not the first, hymn-book to bring it into common use, was the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 892. Since then it has passed into numerous collections in Great Britain and America. Although faulty, and awkward in rhythm, it has attained to a considerable circulation, its deep devotional spirit and intense personality being very attractive to many. Although best adapted for private reading, it is suitable, under special circumstances, for congregational use. In the American Unitarian Hymn [<& Tune] Book for the Church and the Home, Boston, 1868, No. 224, stanza v., vii., viii., are given in an altered form as:—" I ask Thee for the daily strength:" stanzas i.-iv. being given as No. 223. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) ================ Father, I know that all my life, p. 367, ii. The hymn "I know, my Father, all my life," in Stryker's Church Song, 1889, is an altered form of this hymn. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907) =================== Father, I know that all my life, p. 367, ii. Appeared in a Selection of Scripture Poetry, edited by L. Squire, 1848, p. 124. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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