1 Lord, beneath whose equal hand
Present, past, and future stand,
Hear us offer grateful praise
For Thy gifts in bygone days;
Gifts of gain and gifts of loss,
Boon of crown and boon of cross,
Blessings from our angels fled,
Living gifts from hands long dead.
2 Children of the present, we
Dare not face it without Thee.
In this vivid, stern today
Nerve our work, and hear us pray.
Help us keep no peace with sin,
Calm us by Thy peace within;
Shield us from the day’s fierce light,
Shine throughout the darksome night.
3 For our future, best shall be
That which seemeth best to Thee!
Take our starting hopes and fears,
Giver of our changing years!
We would make nor prayer nor moan;
Thou art wise, and Thou alone,
Father, in whose loving hand
Present, past, and future stand.
Hall, Harriet Ware. (Boston, Massachusetts, September 15, 1841--March 18, 1889, Boston). She was a lifelong resident of Boston, a member of King's Chapel. Two small books by her were privately printed, one a collection of poems entitled A Book for Friends, 1888, the other entitled Essays, printed posthumously in 1890. The first book contains a hymn beginning "Lord, beneath thine equal hand" in three stanzas, 184.108.40.206.D., dated February 10, 1869, and written for the installation of Rev. E.H. Hall at Worcester, Mass., in 1869. It is included in the Isles of Shoals Hymn Book, 1908, the first line altered to read "Lord, beneath whose equal hand."
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George J. Elvey (PHH 48) composed ST. GEORGE'S WINDSOR as a setting for James Montgomery's text "Hark! The Song of Jubilee," with which it was published in Edward H. Thorne's Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes (1858). The tune has been associated with Alford's text since publication of the hymn in th…