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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
For Divine Strength
By Samuel Johnson (1822–1882)
 
FATHER, in thy mysterious presence kneeling,
  Fain would our souls feel all thy kindling love;
For we are weak, and need some deep revealing
  Of trust, and strength, and calmness from above.
 
Lord, we have wandered far through doubt and sorrow,        5
  And thou hast made each step an onward one;
And we will ever trust each unknown morrow,—
  Thou wilt sustain us till its work is done.
 
In the heart’s depths a peace serene and holy
  Abides; and when pain seems to have its will,        10
Or we despair, O may that peace rise slowly,
  Stronger than agony, and we be still!
 
Now, Father, now, in thy dear presence kneeling,
  Our spirits yearn to feel thy kindling love;
Now make us strong, we need thy deep revealing        15
  Of trust, and strength, and calmness from above.
 
 
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