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Forgive my heart its vain regrets

Forgive my heart its vain regrets

Translator: John Brownlie (1911)
Published in 1 hymnal

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Forgive my heart its vain regrets,
And, as I cast my eyes behind,
Subdue the spirit, Lord, that frets,
Because the light with dark is twined.

I cannot understand the way
By which unerring wisdom leads;
Nor do I know for what to pray,
Unconscious of my deepest needs.

Thou, Whose almighty power upholds
The stars that in their courses move,—
Whose eye creation’s need beholds
To prompt the outflow of Thy love;—

Teach me in calm content to live
’Mid all the changes life contains,
Assured that, love and wisdom give
The blessing that for aye remains.

And in the darkness and the light,
And in the gladness and the pain,
Make me to know that all is right,
And every loss my truest gain.

Hymns from the Morningland, 1911

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1857, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Forgive my heart its vain regrets
Translator: John Brownlie (1911)
Publication Date: 1911
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


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