O not alone with outward sign

O not alone with outward sign

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier
Tune: PETERSHAM
Published in 19 hymnals

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O, not alone with outward sign
Of fear, or voice from heaven,
The message of a truth divine,
The call of God, is given;
Awakening in the human heart
Love for the True and Right,
Zeal for the Christian’s better part,
Strength for the Christian’s fight.

Though heralded by naught of fear,
Or outward sign, or show;
Though only to the inward ear
It whisper soft and low;
Though dropping as the manna fell,
Unseen, yet from above,
Holy and gentle, heed it well,—
The call to Truth and Love.



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #198

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

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Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #198

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #198

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Christian Science Hymnal #90

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Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #90a

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Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #90b

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Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #90c

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Christian Science Hymnal: a selection of spiritual songs #90

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Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #362

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Good Will Songs: a Compilation of Hymns and Tunes #139

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #821

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Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #821

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Hymns for Public Worship #580

Hymns for Schools and Families #d112

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #36

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #36

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Hymns of the Spirit #337

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National Hymn and Tune Book: for congregations, schools and the home #229

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d475

The Saints' Harp #d621

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