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O God, not only in distress

O God, not only in distress

Author: Frederic Smith
Published in 27 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 O God, not only in distress,
In pain and want and weariness,
Thy tender spirit stoops to bless,
Thy will is done.

2 But oftener on the wings of peace,
And girt about with tenderness
Thou comest, and all troubles cease
Thy will is done.

3 And when the burdened heart can bring
Its sorrow to Thy feet, and cling,
Till hope surpasses sorrowing,
Thy will is done.

4 Thy will is pure, O Lord, and just,
And we, frail creatures of the dust,
Through good or ill can only true,
Thy will is done.

Source: Northfield Hymnal No. 2 #14

Author: Frederic Smith

Smith, Frederic, was born in 1849 at Birmingham, was for many years at Halifax, and now (1906) resides at Bowdon, Cheshire. His collected poems were published in 1896, as A Chest of Viols and other Verses. This includes:— 1. Not far, not far from the Kingdom. [Decision.] Written 1869, and first published in the Congregationalist, again in 1896 as above, p. 56, entitled "Not far." It is given, abridged and altered, marked as "Words arr.," in Sankey's Songs and Solos, 1887, No. 469. 2. O God, not only in distress. [God's Will] Written about 1870, and first, published in Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, No. 180;-1896, as above, p. 45, headed "Thy Will is done." Recently in Worship Song, 1905, and others. --John Julian,… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O God, not only in distress
Author: Frederic Smith
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Thy will is done
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #9991
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The Cyber Hymnal #9991

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