1 Oft in hours of pain and conflict,
Come these gracious words to me,
Full of tenderness and pity,
“As thy days, thy strength shall be.”
Not a sparrow ever falleth,
Nor a lamb bewildered stray,
But his loving arms enfold them,
As they shelter me today.
2 Ever the bruised reed is broken,
He will deign to hear my prayer,
That no trial shall befall me,
Greater than my heart can bear.
O the peace this promise bringeth,
All of doubt and fear aside,
That my trusting heart may ever,
In his boundless love confide.
Washburn, Henry S., was born at Providence, Rhode Island, June 10, 1813; spent his boyhood at Kingston, Massachusetts, and was educated at Worcester and Brown University. Subsequently he was a manufacturer at Worcester and Boston. Since 1875 he has been the President of the Union Mutual Life Insurance Co. Mr. Washburn has held some prominent posts, and has been active in public matters. He has written various hymns and songs, the best known of which is:—
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