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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
A Song of Trust
By John White Chadwick (1840–1904)
O LOVE Divine, of all that is
  The sweetest still and best,
Fain would I come and rest to-night
  Upon thy sheltering breast.
As tired of sin as any child        5
  Was ever tired of play,
When evening’s hush has folded in
  The noises of the day;
When just for very weariness
  The little one will creep        10
Into the arms that have no joy
  Like holding him in sleep;
And looking upward to Thy face,
  So gentle, sweet, and strong
In all its looks for those who love,        15
  So pitiful of wrong.
I pray Thee turn me not away,
  For, sinful though I be,
Thou knowest every thing I need
  And all my need of Thee.        20
And yet the spirit in my heart
  Says, Wherefore should I pray
That Thou shouldst seek me with Thy love,
  Since Thou dost seek alway?
And dost not even wait until        25
  I urge my steps to Thee;
But in the darkness of my life
  Art coming still to me.
I pray not, then, because I would;
  I pray because I must;        30
There is no meaning in my prayer
  But thankfulness and trust.
I would not have Thee otherwise
  Than what Thou ever art;
Be still Thyself, and then I know        35
  We cannot live apart.
But still Thy love will beckon me,
  And still Thy strength will come,
In many ways to bear me up
  And bring me to my home.        40
And Thou wilt hear the thought I mean,
  And not the words I say;
Wilt hear the thanks among the words
  That only seem to pray;
As if Thou wert not always good,        45
  As if Thy loving care
Could even miss me in the midst
  Of this Thy temple fair.
If ever I have doubted Thee,
  How can I any more,        50
So quick to-night my tossing bark
  Has reached the happy shore;
And, even while it sighed, my heart
  Has sung itself to rest,
O Love Divine, forever near,        55
  Upon Thy sheltering breast!

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