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ANNA LETITIA WARING.
With Selections from Seberal Authors.
PUBLISHED BY THE
ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS FOR THE DIFFUSION OF RELIGIOUS
AND USEFUL KNOWLEDGE.
"My times are in Thy hand."--Psalm xxxi. 15.
FATHER, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,
I do not fear to see;
Intent on pleasing Thee.
I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,
Through constant watching wise, To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
And to wipe the weeping eyes; And a heart at leisure from itself,
To soothe and sympathize.
I would not have the restless will,
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do,
Or secret thing to know:
And guided where I go.
Wherever in the world I am,
In whatsoe’er estate,
To keep and cultivate;
For the Lord on whom I wait.
So I ask Thee for the daily strength,
To none that ask denied, And a mind to blend with outward life
While keeping at Thy side; Content to fill a little space,
If Thou be glorified.
And if some things I do not ask
In my cup of blessing be, I would have my spirit filled the more
With grateful love to TheeMore careful-than to serve Thee much,
To please Thee perfectly.
There are briers besetting every path,
That call for patient care ; There is a cross in every lot,
And an earnest need for prayer;
But a lonely heart that leans on Thee
Is happy anywhere.
In a service which Thy will appoints,
There are no bonds for me; For
my inmost heart is taught “the truth” That makes Thy children “free;"> And a life of self-renouncing love
Is a life of liberty.
“ Thou maintainest my lot.”—Psalm xvi. 5.
SOURCE of my life's refreshing springs,
Whose presence in my heart sustains me, Thy love appoints me pleasant things,
Thy mercy orders all that pains me.
If loving hearts were never lonely,
If all they wish might always be, Accepting what they look for only,
They might be glad, but not in Thee.
Well may Thy own beloved, who see