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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
V. “Day by day the manna fell”
By Josiah Conder (1789–1855)
DAY by day the manna fell;
Oh, to learn this lesson well!
Still, by constant mercy fed,
Give me, Lord, my daily bread.
“Day by day,” the promise reads;        5
Daily strength for daily needs:
Cast foreboding fears away;
Take the manna of to-day.
Lord, my times are in Thy hand.
All my sanguine hopes have planned        10
To Thy wisdom I resign,
And would make Thy purpose mine.
Thou my daily task shalt give:
Day by day to Thee I live:
So shall added years fulfil,        15
Not my own,—my Father’s will.
Fond ambition, whisper not;
Happy is my humble lot.
Anxious, busy cares, away;
I’m provided for to-day.        20
Oh, to live exempt from care
By the energy of prayer;
Strong in faith, with mind subdued,
Yet elate with gratitude.

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