Amidst the mighty, where is he
who saith, and it is done?
Each varying scene of changeful life
is from the Lord alone.
He gives in gladsome bow’rs to dwell,
or clothes in sorrow’s shroud;
His hand hath formed the light, his hand
hath formed the dark’ning cloud.
Why should a living man complain
beneath the chast’ning rod?
Our sins afflict us; and the cross
must bring us back to God.
O sons of men! with anxious care
your hearts and ways explore;
Return from paths of vice to God:
return, and sin no more!
Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases
Amidst the mighty, where is he. John Morison. [Cross and Consolation.] First appeared as No. 29 in the Draft Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1781, as a version of Lam. iii. 37-40, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. The only variation in the public worship edition issued in that year by the Church of Scotland and still in use is from pine to clothes in stanza ii., 1.2. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron (q.v.) ascribed to Morison. From the 1781 it has passed into a few modern hymnals, and is included as No. 286 in Kennedy, 1863, slightly altered. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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|Hymns of the Church, Ancient and Modern: for the use of all who love to sing the praises of God in Christ, in the family, the school, or the church; with a discourse on music as a divine ordinance... #327||Amidst the mighty, where he is||1872|
|Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases #R29||Amidst the mighty, where is he||Lament. 3:37-40: Amidst the mighty, where is he||18.104.22.168||Lamentations 3:37-40||English||1800|