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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Thy Way, Not Mine
Horatius Bonar (1808–89)
THY way, not mine, O Lord,
  However dark it be!
Lead me by thine own hand,
  Choose out the path for me.
Smooth let it be, or rough,        5
  It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it matters not,
  Right onward to thy rest.
I dare not choose my lot;
  I would not, if I might;        10
Choose thou for me, my God;
  So shall I walk aright.
The kingdom that I seek
  Is thine; so let the way
That leads to it be thine,        15
  Else I must surely stray.
Take thou my cup, and it
  With joy or sorrow fill,
As best to thee may seem;
  Choose thou my good and ill;        20
Choose thou for me my friends,
  My sickness or my health;
Choose thou my cares for me,
  My poverty or wealth.
Not mine, not mine the choice,        25
  In things or great or small;
Be thou my guide, my strength,
  My wisdom, and my all.


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