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Joseph Friedlander, comp.  The Standard Book of Jewish Verse.  1917.
My Times Are in Thy Hands!
By Christopher Newman Hall
   “I trusted in thee, O Lord; I said, Thou art my God. My times are in Thy hand!”—Ps. xxxi., 14, 15.

    MY times are in Thy hand!
      I know not what a day
    Or e’en an hour may bring to me,
    But I am safe while trusting Thee,
      Though all things fade away.        5
        All weakness, I
        On Him rely
Who fixed the earth and spread the starry sky.
    My times are in Thy hand!
      Pale poverty or wealth,        10
    Corroding care or calm repose,
    Spring’s balmy breath or winter’s snows,
      Sickness or buoyant health,—
        Whate’er betide,
        If God provide,        15
’Tis for the best; I wish no lot beside.
    My times are in Thy hand!
      Should friendship pure illume
    And strew my path with fairest flowers,
    Or should I spend life’s dreary hours        20
      In solitude’s dark gloom,—
        Thou art a friend,
        Till time shall end
Unchangeably the same; in Thee all beauties blend.
    My times are in Thy hand!        25
      Many or few my days,
    I leave with Thee,—this only pray,
    That by Thy grace I, every day
      Devoting to Thy praise,
        May ready be        30
        To welcome Thee
Whene’er Thou com’st to set my spirit free.

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