Scripture Verse

Thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good. Psalm 143:10

Introduction

portrait
John G. Whittier
(1807–1892)

Words: John G. Whit­ti­er, from his po­em The Eter­nal Good­ness, 1867.

Music: Song 67 (Gib­bons) Or­lan­do Gib­bons, 1623. Ar­ranged by Hen­ry T. Smart (1813–1879) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • St. Fla­v­ian, Day’s Psal­ter, 1563 (🔊 pdf nwc)
portrait
Orlando Gibbons
(1583–1625)

Lyrics

Within the maddening maze of things,
When tossed by storm and flood,
To one fixed trust my spirit clings;
I know that God is good!

No offering of my own I have,
Nor works my faith to prove;
I can but give the gifts He gave,
And plead His love for love.

I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.

And so beside the silent sea
I wait the muffled oar;
No harm from Him can come to me
On ocean or on shore.

I know not what the future hath
Of marvel or surprise,
Assured alone that life and death
His mercy underlies.