1 Life is good, for God contrives it,
Deep on deep its wonder lies;
Death is good for man survives it,
Lives again in better guise:
This they knew the night they hailed Him,
When He came thro' that which veiled Him,
Smiling, wonderful, and wise.
2 Failure cuts the way to triumph,
Winter shapes the leaves of spring;
Easter came because the Master
Loved the light of truth to bring.
Vainly priests in hatred slew Him:
He came back, His loved ones knew Him,
Where, O death, is now thy sting?
3 Lord, in Thee shines man's perfection—
Kind and selfless, strong, and brave;
And Thy life and resurrection
Tells of joy beyond the grave.
All mankind is nobled thro' Thee;
All are brothers coming to Thee,
Thine the power to guide and save.
Dearmer, Percy, M.A., son of Thomas Dearmer, was born in London, Feb. 27, 1867, and educated at Westminster School and at Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1890, M.A. 1896). He was ordained D. 1891, P. 1892, and has been since 1901 Vicar of S. Mary the Virgin, Primrose Hill, London. He has been Secretary of the London Branch of the Christian Social Union since 1891, and is the author of The Parson's Handbook, 1st edition, 1899, and other works. He was one of the compilers of the English Hymnal, 1906, acting as Secretary and Editor, and contributed to it ten translations (38, 95, 150, 160, 165, 180, 215, 237, 352, 628) and portions of two others (242, 329), with the following originals:—
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Display Title: Life Is Good, For God Contrives ItFirst Line: Life is good, for God contrives itTune Title: TREFAENANAuthor: Percy Dearmer, 1867-Meter: 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.Date: 1941Subject: Resurrection |Source: Words from "The English Hymnal."