Saturday, May 31, 2008

Random Hymn

Father, I know that all my life is portioned out for me,
The changes that are sure to come I do not fear to see;
I ask Thee for a present mind intent on pleasing Thee.

I would not have a restless will that hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child, and guided where I go.

I ask Thee for the daily strength to none that ask denied,
A mind to blend with outward life while keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space, if Thou be glorified.

In service which Thy will appoints
there are no bounds for me;

My inmost heart is taught the truth
that makes Thy children free.

A life of self-renouncing love is one of liberty.

--Anna Waring, 1850. ["Trinity" edit]

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