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What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue

Author: Annie Johnson Flint
Tune: [God hath not promised skies always blue] (Runyan)
Published in 24 hymnals

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1. God has not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God has not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God has promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing kindness, undying love.

2. God has not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He has not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

3. God has not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep.

Source: 50 Uncommon Songs: for partakers of the common salvation #44

Author: Annie Johnson Flint

Born: December 24, 1866, Vineland, New Jersey. Died: September 8, 1932, Clifton Springs, New York. Buried: Clifton Springs, New York. The biographical account of poetess/hymn-writer Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932) is a story of both heartbreak and triumph. Born on Christmas Eve in the small town of Vineland, New Jersey, she was welcomed by Eldon and Jean Johnson as their greatest earthly gift. Three years later, little Annie would lose her mother, who died as she gave birth to Annie’s baby sister. Mr. Johnson, who himself was suffering from an incurable disease, willed the children to the Flint family who would bring them up in the Baptist faith. It was during a revival meeting at the age of 8 that the Spirit of God brought Annie… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God hath not promised skies always blue
Title: What God Hath Promised
Author: Annie Johnson Flint
Language: English
Refrain First Line: But God hath promised strength for the day
Publication Date: 1919
Copyright: Public Domain



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50 Uncommon Songs #44

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Christian Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #475

Cliff Barrows Old Favorites #d12

Crowns of Glory, a Book of Gospel Songs #d26

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Favorite Hymns of Praise #474

Favorites Number 1 #51


Favorites Number 4 #3

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Hymns of Faith #449

Hymns of Faith and Life #389

Life Songs No. 2 #d67

Primitive Baptist Hymnal #d80

Songs of hope #d65

Songs of the Great Salvation #65

Songs of Trust and Triumph No. 1 #d22

Songs of Trust and Triumph No. 3 #d43

Songs that Touch the Heart. Vol. 2 #d10

Songs You Requested #d2

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Tabernacle Hymns #79


The Cyber Hymnal #7279

The Old School Hymnal No. 7. Rev. #d67

The Voice of Thanksgiving No. 4 #d67

Western Style Songs. Vol. 2 #d7

Worship and Praise #d61

Worship in Song #d62

Exclude 21 pre-1979 instances
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