O yet we trust that somehow good

O yet we trust that somehow good

Author: Alfred Tennyson
Published in 12 hymnals

Representative Text

1 O, yet we trust that somehow, good
Will be the final goal of ill,
To pangs of nature, sins of will,
Defects of doubt and taints of blood:

2 That nothing walks with aimless feet;
That not one life shall be destroyed,
Or cast as rubbish to the void,
When God hath made the pile complete:

3 That not a worm is cloven in vain;
That not a moth with vain desire
Is shrivelled in a fruitless fire,
Or but subserves another's gain.

4 Behold! we know not anything;
We can but trust that good shall fail
At last,—far off,—at last, to all,
And every winter change to spring.

Source: The Psalms of Life: A Compilation of Psalms, Hymns, Chants, Anthems, &c. Embodying the Spiritual, Progressive and Reformatory Sentiment of the Present Age #108

Author: Alfred Tennyson

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord, son of the Rev. G. C. Tennyson, Rector of Somersby, Lincolnshire, was born at Somersby, Aug. 6, 1809; educated at Trinity College, Cambridge; appointed Poet Laureate in 1850, and raised to the Peerage in 1884. Although Lord Tennyson has not written any hymns, extracts from his poems are sometimes used as such, as "Strong Son of God, immortal Love" (Faith in the Son of God), from the Introduction to his In Memoriam, 1850; the well-known "Too late, too late, ye cannot enter now," and others. The former is sometimes given as "Spirit of immortal Love," and again as "Eternal God, immortal Love." --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O yet we trust that somehow good
Author: Alfred Tennyson
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Church Harmonies #419

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Hymns for All Christians #L57

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Hymns for all Christians #257

Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #237

Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d512

Spiritual Songs of the First National Association of Spiritualists #d78

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The Churchman's Treasury of Song #395

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The Liberal Hymn Book #3

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The Psalms of Life #108

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The Service Hymnal with an introductory service #127

Universal Hymns #5

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