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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
Hymn: ‘I cannot think but God must know’
By Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–1885)
I CANNOT think but God must know
About the thing I long for so;
I know He is so good, so kind,
I cannot think but He will find
Some way to help, some way to show        5
Me to the thing I long for so.
I stretch my hand—it lies so near:
It looks so sweet, it looks so dear.
“Dear Lord,” I pray, “Oh let me know
If it is wrong to want it so?”        10
He only smiles,—He does not speak:
My heart grows weaker and more weak,
With looking at the thing so dear,
Which lies so far, and yet so near.
Now, Lord, I leave at Thy loved feet        15
This thing which looks so near, so sweet;
I will not seek, I will not long,—
I almost fear I have been wrong.
I ’ll go, and work the harder, Lord,
And wait till by some loud, clear word        20
Thou callest me to Thy loved feet,
To take this thing so dear, so sweet.

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