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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
Looking unto God
By Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)
 
“Who sees God’s hand in all things, and all things in God’s hand.”

I LOOK to thee in every need,
  And never look in vain;
I feel thy touch, Eternal Love!
  And all is well again.
The thought of thee is mightier far        5
Than sin and pain and sorrow are.
 
Discouraged in the work of life,
  Disheartened by its load,
Shamed by its failures or its fears,
  I sink beside the road,—        10
But let me only think of thee,
And then new heart springs up in me.
 
Thy calmness bends serene above,
  My restlessness to still;
Around me flows thy quickening life        15
  To nerve my faltering will:
Thy presence fills my solitude,
Thy providence turns all to good.
 
Embosomed deep in thy dear love,
  Held in thy law, I stand;        20
Thy hand in all things I behold,
  And all things in thy hand;
Thou leadest me by unsought ways,
And turn’st my mourning into praise.
 
 
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