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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. V: Literature of the Republic, Part II., 1821–1834
 
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;        5
  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,        10
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,        15
  May kneeling faith adore thy will!
 
 
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