Life is not all a dreary road

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1. Life is not all a dreary road,
A way of thorns, and gloom and tears,
Travelled alone from day to day,
With none to help or calm our fears,

For God is good, and loves his child,
No need of ours but Father knows;
He counts our steps, prepares the way,
And loving care on us bestows.

2. Beside the thorn sweet roses bloom,
Behind the cloud the sun is seen;
So on our path rich blessings shine,
Tho' shadows seem to lie between. [Chorus]

3. We cannot falter but he knows,
Who notes the tiny sparrow's fall;
His ear is open to our cry,
When unto him for strength we call. [Chorus]

4. Then courage, fainting heart of mine,
Tho' hidden seems his face awhile;
Look up! the mists shall pass away;
Look up! and greet thy Father's smile. [Chorus]

Source: Carols of Hope: a compilation of select sacred songs for use in Sunday schools, praise and young people's services #205

Author: Ella E. Miles

Miles, Ella Elizabeth. (Athol, Massachusetts, March 24, 1855--December 29, 1914, Holden, Mass.) Advent Christian. Daughter of W.W. Boyden and wife of James A. Miles, she began writing poems and hymns at the age of fifteen. Many of them appeared in early hymn books of her church. --Moses C. Crouse, DNAH Archives Go to person page >

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First Line: Life is not all a dreary road
Author: Ella E. Miles
Refrain First Line: For God is good and loves


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