Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | November 16, 2010


THANKS be to God!  to whom earth owes
          Sunshine and breeze,
The heath-clad hill, the vale’s repose,
          Streamlet and seas,
The snowdrop and the summer rose,
          The many-voic`ed trees.

Thanks for the darkness that reveals
          Night’s starry dower;
And for the sable cloud that heals
          Each fevered flower;
And for the rushing storm that peals
          Our weakness and Thy power.

Thanks for the sweetly-lingering might
          In music’s tone;
For paths of knowledge, whose calm light
          Is all Thine own;
For thoughts that at the Infinite
          Fold their bright wings alone.

Yet thanks that silence oft may flow
          In dewlike store;
Thanks for the mysteries that show
          How small our lore;
Thanks that we here so little know,
          And trust Thee all the more!

Thanks for the gladness that entwines
          Our path below;
Each sunrise that incarnadines
          The cold, still snow;
Thanks for the light of love which shines
          With brightest earthly glow.

Thanks for the sickness and the grief
          Which none may flee;
For loved ones standing now around
          The crystal sea;
And for the weariness of heart
          Which only rests in Thee.

Thanks for Thine own thrice-bless`ed Word,
          And Sabbath rest;
Thanks for the hope of glory stored
          In mansions blest;
Thanks for the Spirit’s comfort poured
          Into the trembling breast.

Thanks, more than thanks, to Him ascend,
          Who died to win
Our life, and every trophy rend
          From Death and Sin;
Till, when the thanks of Earth shall end,
          The thanks of Heaven begin.

Frances Ridley Havergal from THE POETICAL WORKS.


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