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I Know Not What the Future Hath

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1 I know not what the future hath
Of marvel or surprise,
Assured alone that life and death
His mercy underlies.

2 I know not where his islands lift
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond his love and care.

3 And so beside the silent sea
I wait the muffled oar:
No harm from him can come to me
On ocean or on shore.

4 And thou, O Lord, by whom are seen
Thy creatures as they be,
Forgive me if too close I lean
My human heart on thee.

5 And if my heart and flesh are weak
To bear an untried pain,
The bruisèd reed thou wilt not break,
But strengthen and sustain.

Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #593a

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 >

Text Information

First Line: I know not what the future hath
Title: I Know Not What the Future Hath
Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #2861
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Instances

Instances (1 - 3 of 3)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #126
The Cyber Hymnal #2861TextScoreAudio
Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #238
Include 36 pre-1979 instances



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