1 From noon of joy to night of doubt
our feelings come and go;
our best estate is toss'd about
in ceaseless ebb and flow;
no mood of feeling, form of thought,
is constant for a day,
but thou, O Lord, thou changest not;
the same thou art alway.
2 I grasp thy strength, make it my own,
my heart with peace is bless'd;
I lose my hold, and then comes down
darkness and cold unrest.
Let me no more my comfort draw
from my frail grasp of thee;
in this alone rejoice with awe,
thy mighty grasp of me.
3 Thy purpose of eternal good
let me but surely know;
on this I'll lean, let changing mood
and feeling come and go;
glad when thy sunshine fills my soul,
not sad when clouds o'ercast,
since thou within thy sure control
of love dost hold me fast.
Shairp, John Campbell, LL.D., s. of Major Norman Shairp, was b. at Houstoun, West Lothian, July 30, 1819; student at the Univ. of Glasgow 1836-9; Snell Exhib., Balliol College Ox., 1840, and Newdigate Prize 1842. For a time he was assistant master at Rugby, then Professor of Latin at St. Andrews 1861; Principal of the United Coll., St Andrews, 1868, and Prof, of Poetry, Oxford, 1877. He died at Ormsary, Argyllshire, Sept. 18, 1885. The LL.D. was conferred upon him by the University of Edinburgh in 1884. His hymn:—
Twixt gleams of joy and clouds of doubt. [God the Unchangeable.] Appeared in his Glen Desseray and other Poems, 1888, p. 265, and marked as having been written in 1871. It is in several collections, especially in America (e… Go to person page >
The tune NOEL (also used at 185) is also known as EARDISLEY or GERARD. Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b Lambeth, London. England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) adapted this traditional English melody (probably one of the variants of the folk song "Dives and Lazarus"), added phrases of his own to rec…
Display Title: From Noon of Joy to Night of DoubtFirst Line: From noon of joy to night of doubtTune Title: NOELAuthor: John Campbell ShairpMeter: CMDDate: 1985Subject: Doubt | ; God | Eternity and Power