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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Twilight Hours.
X. With God
By Sarah Williams (“Sadie”) (1841–1868)
 
(From “Responses”)

GOOD Lord, no strength I have, nor need;
  Within Thy light I lie,
And grow like herb in sunny place,
  While outer storms go by.
 
Thy pleasant rain my soul doth feed—        5
  Thy love like summer rain;
I faint, but lo thy winds of grace
  Revive my soul again.
 
I fain would give some perfume out,
  Some bruisèd scent of myrrh;        10
But Thou art close at hand, my Lord—
  I need not strive nor stir.
 
I cannot fear, and need not doubt,
  Though I be weak and low:
If Thou didst will, a mighty sword        15
  From out my stem should grow.
 
Thou hast Thy glorious forest trees,
  Thy things of worth and power;
But it may be Thy plan were marred
  Had I ne’er lived a flower.        20
 
Thy promise, like an evening breeze,
  Doth fold my leaves in sleep;
Who trusts, the Lord will surely guard,
  Who loves, the Lord will keep.
 
 
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