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Thou that art strong to comfort, look on me

Thou that art strong to comfort, look on me

Author: Mary Howitt
Published in 6 hymnals

Representative Text

Thou that art strong to comfort, look on me!
I sit in darkness and behold no light;
Over my soul the waves of agony
Have gone, and left me in a rayless night.

A bruised and broken reed sustain! sustain!
Divinest Comforter, to Thee I fly,
To whom no soul hath ever fled in vain;
Support me with thy love, or else I die.

Father, what’er I had, it all was thine;
A God of mercy Thou hast ever been;
O, help me what I most loved to resign,
And if I murmur, count it not for sin.

My soul is strengthened now, and it shall bear
All that remains, whatever it may be;
And from the very depths of my despair
I will look up, O God, and trust in Thee!



Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #330

Author: Mary Howitt

Howitt, Mary, née Botham, second daughter of Samuel Botham, a member of the Society of Friends, was born at Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, circa 1804, was married in 1823 to William Howitt, and died Jan. 30, 1888. Her publications have little in common with hymnody. They include poems, novels, translations of Swedish and Spanish works, and numerous contributions to magazines. In addition she was joint author with her husband of Literature and Romance of Northern Europe, 1852, &c. Her hymns include:— 1. God might have made the earth bring forth. The Use of Flowers. From her Birds and Flowers, and Other Country Things, Lond., N. D. (Preface, Sept. 28, 1837), p. 122, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. 2. How goodly is the earth. Flower Servic… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thou that art strong to comfort, look on me
Author: Mary Howitt
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

Thou that art strong to comfort, look on me. [Comfort Desired] Adapted by S. Longfellow in the American Unitarian Book of Hymns, 1846, from a poem by Mary Howitt, 1834.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #330

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #330

Canadian Sabbath-School Hymn Book #d255

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Church Hymnal #479

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Hymns of the Church Universal #408

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Hymns of the Spirit #596

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