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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

Trust and Submission

By Andrews Norton (1786–1853)

[Selected from Contributions to “The Christian Examiner,” etc.]

MY God, I thank thee! may no thought

E’er deem thy chastisements severe;

But may this heart, by sorrow taught,

Calm each wild wish, each idle fear.

Thy mercy bids all nature bloom;

The sun shines bright, and man is gay;

Thine equal mercy spreads the gloom

That darkens o’er his little day.

Full many a throb of grief and pain

Thy frail and erring child must know,

But not one prayer is breathed in vain

Nor does one tear unheeded flow.

Thy various messengers employ;

Thy purposes of love fulfil;

And, ’mid the wreck of human joy,

May kneeling faith adore thy will!