1. In life’s earnest morning, when our hope was high,
Came Thy voice to summons, not to be put by;
Nor in toil nor sorrow, weakness or dismay,
Need we ever falter—art not Thou our stay?
2. Teach us, Lord, Thy wisdom, while we seek men’s lore;
May the mind be humbled as we know Thee more;
Let the larger vision bring the childlike heart,
And our deeper knowledge holier zeal impart.
3. Should Thy face be clouded to our spirits’ sight,
Speak thro’ human kindness, shine thro’ nature’s light,
In the face of loved ones, or the ties of home—
Only, gracious Father, to Thy children come.
4. Save us, Lord, from seeking earth’s unhallowed goals;
May our lifelong passion be the love of souls;
Let us live and labor, Father, in Thy sight,
Thro’ the grace of Jesus, by the Spirit’s might.
Oakley, Ebenezer Sherman, M.A., son of the Rev. Henry Oakley, Congregational Minister, was b. Dec. 24, 1865, at Richmond, Yorks. He studied in arts at Glasgow Univ., and in theology at Airedale College, Bradford, and the Univ. of Giessen, and took his M.A. at the Univ. of Allahabad in N. India. He is now (1906) missionary of the L.M.S. at Almora in N. India, and Principal of Ramsay College there. He contributed three hymns to Dr. John Hunter's Hymns of Faith and Life, 1889 and 1896, from which Nos. 1 and 2 passed into the Public School Hymn Book, 1903, and Worship Song, 1905.
1. Enduring Soul of all our life. [Whitsuntide.] Written 1885; in Hunter, 1889, No. 176.
2. In life's earnest morning. [Help in God.] "Written 1885; in Hu… Go to person page >