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Hast thou, midst life's empty noises

Hast thou, midst life's empty noises

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Tune: STANTON (Troup)
Published in 25 hymnals

Full Text

Hast thou, ’midst life’s empty noises,
Heard the solemn steps of Time,
And the low, mysterious voices
Of another clime?

Early hath life’s mighty question
Thrilled within thy heart of youth,
With a deep and strong beseeching,—
What, and where, is truth?

Not to ease and aimless quiet
Doth the inward answer tend;
But to works of love and duty,
As our being’s end.

Earnest toil and strong endeavor
Of a spirit which within
Wrestles with familiar evil
And besetting sin;

And without, with tireless vigor,
Steady heart, and purpose strong,
In the power of Truth assaileth
Every form of wrong.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #301

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

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First Line: Hast thou, midst life's empty noises
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier



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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #301Text
A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #301Page Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #559Page Scan
Grammar School Hymn Book #d97
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d242
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Unity Hymns and Chorals. Rev and enl. with Service Elements #d85
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